David Hume: Reason in History Claudia M. Schmidt

ISBN: 9780271022642

Published: July 1st 2004

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473 pages


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David Hume: Reason in History  by  Claudia M. Schmidt

David Hume: Reason in History by Claudia M. Schmidt
July 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 473 pages | ISBN: 9780271022642 | 3.61 Mb

In his seminal Philosophy of David Hume (1941), Norman Kemp Smith called for a study of Hume in all his manifold activities: as philosopher, as political theorist, as economist, as historian, and as man of letters, indicating that HumesMoreIn his seminal Philosophy of David Hume (1941), Norman Kemp Smith called for a study of Hume in all his manifold activities: as philosopher, as political theorist, as economist, as historian, and as man of letters, indicating that Humes philosophy, as the attitude of mind that found for itself these various forms of expression, will then have been presented, adequately and in due perspective, for the first time.

Claudia Schmidt seeks to address this long-standing need in Hume scholarship.Against the charges that Hume holds no consistent philosophical position, offers no constructive account of rationality, and sees no positive relation between philosophy and other areas of inquiry, Schmidt argues for the overall coherence of Humes thought as a study of reason in history. She develops this interpretation by tracing Humes constructive account of human cognition and its historical dimension as a unifying theme across the full range of his writings.

Hume, she shows, provides a positive account of the ways in which our concepts, beliefs, emotions, and standards of judgment in different areas of inquiry are shaped by experience, both in the personal history of the individual and in the life of a community.This book is valuable at many levels: for students, as an introduction to Humes writings and issues in their interpretation- for Hume specialists, as a unified and intriguing interpretation of his thought- for philosophers generally, as a synthesis of recent developments in Hume scholarship- and for scholars in other disciplines, as a guide to Humes contributions to their own fields.



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