David Hume (1711–1776) is widely acknowledged as one of the most important philosophers in the English language, with his work continuing to exert major influence on philosophy today. His empiricism, naturalism, and psychology of the mind and the passions shape many positions and approaches in the sciences and social sciences.
The Humean Mind seeks to provide a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising 38 chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into four sections:
· Intellectual context
· Hume’s thought
· Hume’s reception
· Hume’s legacy
This handbook includes coverage of all major aspects of Hume’s thought with essays spanning the full scope of Hume’s philosophy. Topics explored include Hume’s reception in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Hume’s legacy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; Hume’s history, including an essay on Hume as historian, as well as essays on the relevance of history to Hume’s philosophy and his politics, and an updated treatment of Hume’s Legal Philosophy. Also included are essays on race, gender, and animal ethics.
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Hume’s work is central to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, ethics, legal philosophy and philosophy of religion.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations and Conventions for Hume’s Work. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Publication timeline. Introduction (Angela Coventry and Alex Sager) Part I. INTELLECTUAL CONTEXT. 1. Hume and the Ancients (Lívia Guimarães). 2. Hume’s Philosophy and Its Modern British Debts (Stephen Buckle). 3. The French Context of Hume’s Philosophy (Todd Ryan). Part II. HUME’S THOUGHT. Mind, Knowledge and World. 4. Hume’s System of the Sciences (Don Garrett). 5. Ideas and Association in Hume’s Philosophy (Saul Traiger). 6. Hume on Space and Time: A Limited Defense (Jonathan Cottrell). 7. Hume on Induction and Probability (Frederick Schmitt). 8. Causality and Hume’s Project (Miren Boehm). 9. Hume and the External World (Stefanie Rocknak). 10. Hume’s Self (Yumiko Inukai). 11. Humean Naturalism and Skepticism (P. J. E Kail). 12. Miracles and the Humean Mind (Michael Levine). 13. Hume’s Psychology of Religion (Willem Lemmens). 14. Hume on Religious Language and the Attributes of God (Thomas Holden). Passion, Morals and Taste. 15. Passions and Sympathy in Hume’s Philosophy (Alessio Vaccari). 16. Hume on Motives and Action (Rachel Cohon). 17. Hume on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (Tamas Demeter). 18. Hume’s Moral Sentimentalism (James Baillie). 19. Justice and Convention in Hume’s Philosophy (Eleonore LaJalle). 20. Hume and the Two Tastes: Bodily and Mental (Christopher Williams). 21. Fluctuations: Manners and Religion in Hume’s Standard of Taste (Emilio Mazza). History, Politics and Economics. 22. Hume The Historian (Mark Spencer). 23. Hume’s History and Politics (Andrew Sabl). 24. Hume: The Science of Man and the Foundations of Politics (Christopher Berry). 25. Hume’s Political Economy (Carl Wennerlind). 26. Custom in Hume’s Politics and Economics (John C. Laursen). 27. Hume and the Philosophy of Law (Neil MacArthur). Part III. HUME’S RECEPTION. 18th-Early 20th Century. 28. Hume and the Scottish Intellectual Tradition (Gordon Graham). 29. Hume and German Philosophy (Anik Waldow). 30. Hume, the Philosophy of Science and the Scientific Tradition (Matias Slavov). 31. Hume and Continental Philosophy (Jeffrey Bell). Part IV. HUME’S LEGACY. 20th-21st Century. 32. Hume’s Meaning Empiricism: A Reassessment (Tom Seppalainen). 33. Cognitive Science and Hume’s Legacy (Mark Collier). 34. A Humean Social Ontology (Angela Coventry, Alex Sager and Tom Seppalainen). 35. Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Psychology (Lorraine L. Besser). 36. Hume and Animal Ethics (Deborah Boyle). 37. Hume on the Minds of Women (Katharina Paxman and Kristen Blair). 38. Hume’s Legacy Concerning Race (Andre C. Willis).
Angela M. Coventry is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, USA.
She is the author of Hume’s Theory of Causation: A Quasi-Realist Interpretation (2006) and Hume:
A Guide for the Perplexed (2007), co-editor (with Andrew Valls) of the volume David Hume: Morals,
Politics and Society (2018), and has also written several articles and book reviews published in
journals such as Hume Studies, Locke Studies, Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy, and History
of Philosophy Quarterly. She has served as Vice President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of The
Hume Society and as co-editor of the journal Hume Studies.
Alex Sager is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Portland State
University, USA. He has published widely in social and political philosophy on topics including
migration, citizenship, and methodology, as well as on the political thought of David Hume.