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Hume : an intellectual biography
Hume : an intellectual biography
Harris, James A. (James Anthony)2015
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"This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain's greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume's works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of England, bringing to light the major influences on the course of Hume's intellectual development, and paying careful attention to the differences between the wide variety of literary genres with which Hume experimented. The major events in Hume's life are fully described, but the main focus is on Hume's intentions as a philosophical analyst of human nature, politics, commerce, English history, and religion. Careful attention is paid to Hume's intellectual relations with his contemporaries. The goal is to reveal Hume as a man intensely concerned with the realization of an ideal of open-minded, objective, rigorous, dispassionate dialogue about all the principal questions faced by his age."--Publisher's description.
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Imprint:
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Collation:
xiii, 621 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: Approaches to Hume's Intellectual Biography -- Hume as Man of Letters -- Summary of the Narrative -- 1.Pursuits of Philosophy and General Learning -- Shaftesbury as an Antidote to University -- Mandeville and Bayle as an Antidote to Shaftesbury -- Hutcheson and the Scottish Scene of Thought -- 2.Anatomist of Human Nature -- A Compleat Chain of Reasoning: The Understanding and the Passions -- Publication of a First Book -- Between Mandeville and Hutcheson: Artificial and Natural Virtues -- 3.Essayist -- Preparation for the Study of Politics -- Experiments in Addisonianism -- Party Politics from an Impartial Point of View -- Towards the Reduction of Politics to a Science -- Philosophy Ancient and Modern -- 4.The Achievement of Independence -- A Reputation in Scotland, and Its Consequences -- Casting Anew Treatise Book I -- Lessons of a Jacobite Rebellion -- 5.Two Years at Ninewells -- Casting Anew Treatise Book III --Contents note continued: Political Economy for a Commercial World -- Philosophical Religion, Philosophical Friendship -- 6.The Start of a History of Great Britain -- Contexts for Hume the Historian -- The Errors of the Stuarts -- 7.The Completion of a History of England -- Among the Moderates -- On Tudor Despotism -- The Irrelevance of the Ancient Constitution -- 8.Paris, London, Edinburgh -- A Sceptic in the Company of Dogmatists -- Wilkes and America -- Natural Religion Revisited.
ISBN:
9780521837255
Dewey class:
192B
Language:
English
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Brighton LibraryBiography192 HUMAvailable
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