The Oxford Handbook of Hume

Paul Russell

The Oxford Handbook of Hume

Paul Russell






29 Jan 2020


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The Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) is widely regarded as the greatest and most significant English-speaking philosopher and often seen as having had the most influence on the way philosophy is practiced today in the West. His reputation is based not only on the quality of his philosophical thought but also on the breadth and scope of his writings, which ranged over metaphysics, epistemology, morals, politics, religion, and aesthetics.

The Handbook's 38 newly commissioned chapters are divided into six parts: Central Themes; Metaphysics and Epistemology; Passion, Morality and Politics; Aesthetics, History, and Economics; Religion; Hume and the Enlightenment; and After Hume. The volume also features an introduction from editor Paul Russell and a chapter on Hume's biography.


Introduction & Acknowledgements Abbreviations References to Hume's Writings List of Contributors 1. Hume's Life and Works - James Harris Part I Central Themes 2. Naturalism and Skepticism in the Philosophy of Hume - Barry Stroud 3. Reason, Normativity and Hume's "Title Principle" - Don Garrett 4. Reflexivity and Sentiment in Hume's Philosophy - Annette Baier 5. Hume's Skeptical Realism - John Wright 6. Hume's Chief Argument - Peter Millican 7. Hume's Philosophy of Irreligion and the Myth of British Empiricism - Paul Russell Part II Metaphysics and Epistemology 8. Hume's Theory of Ideas - Wayne Waxman 9. Hume and the Molyneux Problem - Henry E. Allison 10. Hume on Space and Time - Donald L. M. Baxter 11. Hume's Skeptical Logic of Induction - Kenneth P. Winkler 12. Hume and the Problem of Causation - Helen Beebee 13. Hume on the External World - Georges Dicker 14. Hume on Personal Identity - Galen Strawson Part III Passion, Morality and Politics 15. Hume on Pride and the Other Indirect Passions - Jacqueline Taylor 16. The Nature and Functions of Sympathy in Hume's Philosophy - Rico Vitz 17. Reason, Belief, and the Passions - David Owen 18. Hume on Practical Reason: Against the Normative Authority of Reason - Karl Schafer 19. Hume, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility - Tony Pitson 20. Hume on Is and Ought: Logic, Promises, and the Duke of Wellington- Charles Pigden 21. Hume, Morality, and Skepticism - Simon Blackburn 22. Hume on the Artificial Virtues - Geoffrey Sayre-McCord 23. Hume and Virtue Ethics - Christine Swanton 24. Hume's Political Philosophy - Neil McArthur Part IV Aesthetics, History, and Economics 25. Hume, Kant and the Standard of Taste - Paul Guyer 26. Hume's Taste and the Rationalist Critique - Peter Kivy 27. Hume's History of England - Donald T. Siebert 28. Hume's Philosophical Economics - Tatsuya Sakamoto Religion 29. Hume on Miracles: It's Part 2 that Matters - Michael Levine 30. Hume and Proofs for the Existence of God - Martin Bell 31.Hume on Evil - Samuel Newlands 32. Hume's Natural History of Religion - Keith Yandell 33. Hume on Suicide - Eugenio Lecaldano Part V Hume and the Enlightenment 34. Newton and Hume- Yoram Hazony & Eric Schliesser 35. Hume and Smith on Moral Philosophy - Ryan Patrick Hanley 36. Hume and the Contemporary "Common Sense" Critique of Hume - Lorne Falkenstein Part VI After Hume 37. Hume and Nietzsche - Peter Kail 38. Hume and Cognitive Science - Jesse Prinz Bibliography and Further Reading Index


Edited by Paul Russell

Paul Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and Lund University, where he is also Director of the Lund | Gothenburg Responsibility Project. His previous publications include The Limits of Free Will (OUP 2017), The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion (OUP 2008) and Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility (OUP 1995).


"The Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell, is an impressive collection of essays on the philosophical accomplishments and legacies of David Hume. In total 38 articles provide over 800 pages of first-rate Hume scholarship ... This collection is impressively comprehensive in its overview of Hume scholarship, and as such is an excellent and arguably essential addition to the library of anyone with a serious interest in the philosophy of David Hume." -- Katie Paxman, Journal of Scottish Philosophy

"... this book is a significant contribution to the literature on Hume." --CHOICE

"An impressive recent addition to the Hume literature is the Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell. The term "handbook" belies its heft; at over 800 pages, and weighing over 3 pounds, it is a battleship of current scholarly thinking on Hume...the Oxford Handbook will provide a fine reference source both for Hume's thought, and for current thinking about Hume's thought. As Hume literature has grown, a volume such as this may be particularly useful...[a] timely and useful book." -- Metapsychology Online Reviews