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By Elizabeth S. Radcliffe

Made from twenty-nine especially commissioned essays, A better half to Hume examines the intensity of the philosophies and impression of 1 of history's so much extraordinary thinkers.

  • Demonstrates the diversity of Hume's paintings and illuminates the continued debates that it has generated
  • Organized through topic, with introductions to every part to orient the reader
  • Explores themes equivalent to wisdom, ardour, morality, faith, economics, and politics
  • Examines the paradoxes of Hume's proposal and his legacy, masking the equipment, subject matters, and results of his contributions to philosophy

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The other obstacle to placing Hume in the Enlightenment context is the failure to identify the French Enlightenment’s own intellectual origins. The fact is, however, that its most distinctive figures understood themselves to be applying to the social world the intellectual breakthroughs – epistemological breakthroughs included – of the modern natural philosophers. They saw themselves as social critics who were extending the revolution in scientific doctrine and method. The truly great men of this development were English, so their heroes were, by and large, English scientists and philosophers: Bacon, Newton, and Locke.

What are the principles that explain the functioning of the human mind, including why it should go its own way in the face of effective rational critique? What is the nature of human nature? If one is to be faithful to Lockean experimentalism, the question can be answered only by finding the most satisfactory set of manifest principles. But any philosophy, no matter how dogmatic, can be mined to provide manifest explanatory principles. The philosophy Hume finds most adequate to the task is materialist.

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