Hume is one of the greatest of all British philosophers. Hume's 'naturalist' approach to a variety of philosophical topics resulted in theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, which are discussed in this introduction. This book gives an account of Hume's life and character.
Hume is one of the greatest of all British philosophers, and even in his own lifetime was celebrated as one of the pivotal figures of the Enlightenment. A central theme of his philosophy is the conviction that questions traditionally thought of as completely independent of the scientific realm-questions about the mind, about morality, and about God, for example-are actually best explained using the experimental methods characteristic of the natural sciences. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Sir Alfred Ayer, formerly Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford from 1959 to 1978, was 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 as an Oxford Paperback 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
Hume: A Very Short Introduction by A. J. Ayer
A. J. Ayer
Very Short Introductions
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