The Pursuits of Philosophy
An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume


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The Pursuits of Philosophy
An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume

by Annette C. Baier (Author)



ISBN: 9780674061682


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Marking the tercentenary of Hume's birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain. Drawing on a lifetime of scholarship and incisive commentary, she finds in Hume's personal experiences new ways to illuminate his ideas about religion, human nature, and the social order.

Baier's clear interpretation of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature explains the link between Hume's growing disillusionment and his belief that ethics should be based on investigations of human nature, not on religious dogma. Four months before he died, Hume concluded his autobiography with a eulogy he wrote for his own funeral. It makes no mention of his flaws, critics, or disappointments. Baier's more realistic account rivets our attention on connections between the way Hume lived and the way he thought--insights unavailable to Hume himself, perhaps, despite his lifelong introspection.


ISBN 674061683
ISBN13 9780674061682
Publisher Harvard University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 27/09/2011
Pages 176
Weight (grammes) 231
Published in United States
Height (mm) 181
Width (mm) 111