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Pages
144 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
114 x 178 mm
Pub date
Oct 2000
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Written by A J Ayer, himself an eminent twentieth-century philosopher
  • Hume's life and works are an important area of focus for British 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

 
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.

Index: 

List of Illustrations
Preface

1. Life and Character
2. Aims and Methods
3. Bodies and Selves
4. Cause and Effect
5. Morals, Politics, and Religion
Further Reading
Index

About the author: 

Alfred Ayer, formerly Wykeham Professor of Logic
 
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.

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