Hume's Naturalism

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Philosophy - 160 pages
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Hume's Naturalism provides a clear and concise guide to the debates over whether Hume's empiricism or his 'naturalism' in the tradition of the Scottish 'Common Sense' school of philosophy gained his upper hand. This debate is central to any understanding of Hume's thought. H.O. Mounce presents a beautifully clear guide to Hume's most important works, The Treatise on Human Nature and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Accessible to anyone coming to Hume for the first time, Hume's Naturalism affords a much needed overview of the key concepts of empiricism, causation, scepticism, reason and morality that are essential to any understanding of Hume's philosophy.
 

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Contents

the scholarly background
1
2 Aims and methods in the Treatise
15
3 Empiricist assumptions
24
4 Causation
32
5 Scepticism
49
6 The passions
62
7 Reason and morality
77
8 Reason and theology
99
9 Conclusion
131
Notes
133
Bibliography
140
Index
143
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H.O.Mounce is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wales, Swansea. His most recent book, the Two Pragmatisms, is also published by Routledge.

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