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.
"This volume is a singular achievement in its unique combination of depth and breadth. The range is dazzling and is not sacrificed for quality — the volume is exemplary for its mix of established and excellent younger scholars as well as drawing on contributors from a wide range of subjects. Although there are many collections on Hume this one really is a must."
Aaron Garrett, Boston University, USA
List of Abbreviations and Conventions for Hume’s Work
List of Contributors
Introduction (Angela Coventry and Alex Sager)
I. INTELLECTUAL CONTEXT
II. HUME’S THOUGHT
Mind, Knowledge and World
Passion, Morals and Taste
History, Politics and Economics
III. HUME’S RECEPTION
18th-Early 20th Century
IV. HUME’S LEGACY
In philosophy past and present there are some philosophers who tower over the intellectual landscape and have shaped it in indelible ways. So significant is their impact that it is difficult to capture it in one place. The Routledge Philosophical Minds series presents a comprehensive survey of all aspects of a major philosopher's work, from analysis and criticism of their major texts and arguments to the way their ideas are taken up in contemporary philosophy and beyond. Edited by leading figures in their fields and with an outstanding international roster of contributors the series offers a magisterial and unrivalled picture of a great philosophical mind.