By Don Garrett
To Be Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: The Routledge Philosophers
Beginning with an overview of Hume's life and work, Garrett introduces in clear and accessible style the central aspects of Hume's thought. These include Hume's lifelong exploration of the human mind; his theories of inductive inference and causation; skepticism and personal identity; moral and political philosophy; aesthetics; and philosophy of religion.
The final chapter considers the influence and legacy of Hume's thought today. Throughout, Garrett draws on and explains many of Hume's central works, including his Treatise of Human Nature, Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding, and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
Hume is essential reading not only for students of philosophy, but anyone in the humanities and social sciences and beyond seeking an introduction to Hume's thought.
Chronology 1. Life and Works 2. Operations of the Mind 3. Inductive Inference and Causal Necessity 4. Skepticism 5. Morals and Politics 6. Religion 7. Influence and Legacy. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index
Don Garrett is Professor of Philosophy, at New York University, USA. He works primarily in early modern philosophy, with special interests in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. He is the author of Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy (1997) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (1996). He has served as co-editor of Hume Studies and as North American editor of Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie.