Death and Character
Further Reflections on Hume
By (author) Annette C. Baier
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Death and Character by Annette C. Baier
Book DescriptionReviewing Annette Baier's 1995 work "Moral Prejudices" in the "London Review of Books", Richard Rorty predicted that her work would be read hundreds of years hence; Baier's subsequent work has borne out such expectations, and this new book further extends her reach. Here she goes beyond her earlier work on David Hume to reflect on a topic that links his philosophy to questions of immediate relevance - in particular, questions about what character is and how it shapes our lives.Ranging widely in Hume's works, Baier considers his views on character, desirable character traits, his treatment of historical characters, and his own character as shown not just by his cheerful death - and what he chose to read shortly before it - but also by changes in his writings, especially his repudiation of the celebrated "A Treatise on Human Nature". She offers new insight into the Treatise and its relation to the works in which Hume "cast anew" the material in its three books. Her reading radically revises the received interpretation of Hume's epistemology and, in particular, philosophy of mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674030909
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Annette C. Baier
Pursuits of Philosophy, Hardback (September 2011)
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.
Cautious Jealous Virtue, Hardback (March 2010)
Offers an understanding of David Hume by examining what he meant by 'justice'. This title investigates the role of the natural virtue of equity (which Hume always understood to constrain justice) in Hume's thought, arguing that Hume's view of equity can serve to balance his account of the artificial virtue of justice.
Moral Prejudices, Paperback (April 1995)
An appeal for our fundamental moral notions to be governed not by rules and codes but by trust: a moral prejudice. In this exploration of the implications of trusting to trust rather than proscription, the author interweaves anecdote and autobiography with readings of Hume and Kant.
Progress of Sentiments, Paperback (May 1994)» View all books by Annette C. Baier
This text argues that Hume's "Treatise of Human Nature" is a work which itself shows a philosophical progress of sentiments, and describes how, by turning philosophy toward human nature, Hume began a new philosophy, a wider discipline of reflection embracing Darwin and Foucault as well as Freud.
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Author Biography - Annette C. Baier
Annette C. Baier is Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Progress of Sentiments: Reflections on Hume's Treatise and Moral Prejudices: Essays on Ethics, both published by Harvard.
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