The Riddle of Hume's Treatise
Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion
By (author) Paul Russell
Normal Price: $145.95
Your Price: $131.36 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $14.59! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $6.57 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply
Riddle of Hume's Treatise by Paul Russell
Book DescriptionAlthough it is widely recognized that David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) belongs among the greatest works of philosophy, there is little agreement about the correct way to interpret his fundamental intentions. It is an established orthodoxy among almost all commentators that skepticism and naturalism are the two dominant themes in this work. The difficulty has been, however, that Hume's skeptical arguments and commitments appear to undermine and discredit his naturalistic ambition to contribute to "the science of man". This schism appears to leave his entire project broken-backed. The solution to this riddle depends on challenging another, closely related, point of orthodoxy: namely, that before Hume published the Treatise he removed almost all material concerned with problems of religion. Russell argues, contrary to this view, that irreligious aims and objectives are fundamental to the Treatise and account for its underlying unity and coherence. It is Hume's basic anti-Christian aims and objectives that serve to shape and direct both his skeptical and naturalistic commitments. When Hume's arguments are viewed from this perspective we can solve, not only puzzles arising from his discussion of various specific issues, we can also explain the intimate and intricate connections that hold his entire project together. This "irreligious" interpretation provides a comprehensive fresh account of the nature of Hume's fundamental aims and ambitions in the Treatise. It also presents a radically different picture of the way in which Hume's project was rooted in the debates and controversies of his own time, placing the Treatise in an irreligious or anti-Chrisitan philosophical tradition that includes Hobbes, Spinoza and freethinking followers. Considered in these terms, Hume's Treatise constitutes the crowning achievement of the Radical Enlightenment.
Buy Riddle of Hume's Treatise book by Paul Russell from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780195110333
(244mm x 162mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paul Russell
Oxford Handbook of Hume, Hardback (May 2016)View all books by Paul Russell
The Oxford Handbook of Hume's 38 newly commissioned chapters are divided into six parts: Central Themes; Metaphysics and Epistemology; Passion, Morality and Politics; Aesthetics, History, and Economics; Religion; Hume and the Enlightenment; and After Hume.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Riddle of Hume's Treatise book by Paul Russell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Paul Russell
Paul Russel is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2017. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687