This work, first published in 1985, offers a general interpretation of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. Most Hume scholarship has either neglected or downplayed an important aspect of Hume’s position – his scepticism. This book puts that right, examining in close detail the sceptical arguments in Hume’s philosophy.
1. Aspects of Hume’s Skepticism 2. Hume’s Skepticism Concerning Reason 3. Hume’s Answer to Bayle’s Skepticism Concerning Extension 4. Causality, Necessity and Induction 5. Skepticism and the Triumph of the Imagination 6. Skepticism with Regard to the Senses 7. Hume’s Natural History of Philosophy 8. The Soul and the Self 9. Reason and the Passions 10. Reason and Morals 11. Conclusion
This collection reissues 17 titles that provide an excellent overview of 18th century philosophy – as well as the debates that surround the topic. Featuring works on Berkeley, Hume, Kant and Rousseau, among others, the collection examines a host of philosophical arguments by the leading thinkers of the time. It is an essential reference collection.