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Hume: A Very Short Introduction

A. J. Ayer

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780192854063

136 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

Hume's "naturalist" approach to a wide variety of philosophical topics resulted in highly original theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, all of which are discussed in this stimulating introduction by A.J. Ayer, himself one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. Ayer also gives an account of Hume's fascinating life and character, and includes generous quotations from Hume's lucid and often witty writings.

Features

  • Written by A J Ayer, himself an eminent twentieth-century philosopher
  • Discuses how Hume's life and works are an important area of focus for philosophy and empirical thinking
  • Covers Humes theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion
  • Includes generous quotations from Hume's lucid and often witty writings

About the Author(s)

The late A.J. Ayer was Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford and of the British Academy. He was the author of many well-known philosophical works, including Language, Truth and Logic, The Central Questions of Philosophy, and Russell. His autobiographical Part of My Life was published in 1978.

Table of Contents

    Preface; 1. Life and character; 2. Aims and methods; 3. Bodies and selves; 4. Cause and effect; 5. Morals, politics and religion; Bibliographical note; Index.