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Hume: A Very Short Introduction

James A. Harris

September 2021

ISBN: 9780198849780

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Written by one of the world's leading experts in the field, this book offers a clear account of the contributions to philosophy made by one of Britain's greatest thinkers. Harris covers Hume's main interests of human nature, morality, politics, and religion, and explores the philosophical questions that remain at the heart of the subject today.

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Written by one of the world's leading experts in the field, this book offers a clear account of the contributions to philosophy made by one of Britain's greatest thinkers. Harris covers Hume's main interests of human nature, morality, politics, and religion, and explores the philosophical questions that remain at the heart of the subject today.

  • Offers a clear account of the contributions to philosophy made by a key thinker in the field
  • Covers Hume's main interests of human nature, morality, politics, and religion, and explores the philosophical questions that remain at the heart of the subject today
  • Written by one of the world's leading experts in the field
  • Weaves together biography, the historical context, and exposition of Hume's arguments
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

James A. Harris, Professor of the History of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews

James A. Harris is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, where he has taught since 2004. He is the author of the acclaimed Hume: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and of many articles and book chapters on aspects of Hume's thought. He has also written widely on British philosophy in the eighteenth century, and has edited texts by Reid (with Knud Haakonnsen), Kames, Beattie, and Abraham Tucker. He was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2012-13, and in 2018 gave the Benedict Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy at Boston University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Human nature
    2:Morality
    3:Politics
    4:Religion
    Postscript
    References
    Further reading