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The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion

The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion
 

This is the paperback reprint of Paul Russell's 2008 book. In it, Russell challenges the conventional reading of Hume's Treatise with respect to religion. Although it is commonly held that Hume removed religious content from his Treatise. Russell claims that irreligious aims and ... read full description below.

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Published 14 May 2010 by Oxford University Press (S3)
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ISBN-13 9780199751525
ISBN-10 0199751528
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Date 14 May 2010
International Publication Date 8 June 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Russell, Paul
Category Award Winning
Modern Western Philosophy, C 1600 To The Present
Epistemology, Theory Of Knowledge
Number of Pages 442
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 646g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Religion - Philosophy, Hume, David
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 149.73
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Although it is widely recognized that David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature (1729-40) belongs among the greatest works of philosophy, there is little aggreement about the correct way to interpret his fundamental intentions. The solution to this riddle depends on challenging another, closely related, point of orthodoxy: namely, that before Hume published the Treatise he removed almost all material concerned with problems of religion. Russell argues, contrary to this view, that irreligious aims and objectives are fundamental to the Treatise and account for its underlying unity and coherence. It is Hume's basic anti-Christian aims and objectives that serve to shape and direct both his skeptical and naturalistic commitments. When Hume's arguments are viewed from this perspective we can solve, not only puzzles arising from his discussion of various specific issues, we can also explain the intimate and intricate connections that hold his entire project together. This irreligious interpretation provides a comprehensive fresh account of the nature of Hume's fundamental aims and ambitions in the Treatise. It also presents a radically different picture of the way in which Hume's project was rooted in the debates and controversies of his own time, placing the Treatise in an irreligious or anti-Christian philosophical tradition that includes Hobbes, Spinoza and freethinking followers. Considered in these terms, Hume's Treatise constitutes the crowning achievement of the Radical Enlightenment. The Riddle of Hume's Treatise is a stimulating and provocative piece of scholarship. The central question it poses--how to understand all of the Treatise as part of a single project?--is most certainly a question that still needs to be asked. And Paul Russell's way of answering it, by means of a careful consideration of David Hume's intellectual context, is the only way. --Times Literary Supplement Paul Russell's The Riddle of Hume's Treatise is an excellent and thought-provoking text that is a pleasure to read...It deserves to have an important impact not only on Hume research, but on the narrative that drives undergraduate survey courses in the history of early modern philosophy as well. --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Paul Russell has given us a marvelously good book. [He] offers original and compelling accounts of the irreligious implications of central arguments of the Treatise on an impressive range of topics it should never again be claimed that the Treatise is largely unconcerned with questions of religion. - Don Garrett, Philosophical Review a major addition to the scholarly literature. - Terence Penelhum, University of Calgary

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Winner of the Journal of the History of Philosophy Prize for the Best Book on the History of Philosophy.
NZ Review This book is a triumph and a model for work in the history of philosophy. It offers a powerful reading of the Treatise and of Hume's intentions in writing it, while also correcting common misunderstandings about Hume's place in early modern thought. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in Hume or in early modern philosophy. Colin Heydt, Journal of the History of Philosophy The Riddle of Hume's Treatise is a stimulating and provocative piece of scholarship. The central question it poses - how to understand all of the Treatise as part of a single project? - is most certainly a question that still needs to be asked. And Paul Russell's way of answering it, by means of a careful consideration of David Hume's intellectual context, is the only way. James Harris, Times Literary Supplement Paul Russell has given us a marvelously good book... [He] offers original and compelling accounts of the irreligious implications of central arguments of the Treatise on an impressive range of topics... it should never again be claimed that the Treatise is largely unconcerned with questions of religion. Don Garrett, Philosophical Review Paul Russell's The Riddle of Hume's Treatise is an excellent and thought-provoking text that is a pleasure to read... It deserves to have an important impact not only on Hume research, but on the narrative that drives undergraduate survey courses in the history of early modern philosophy as well. Rico Vitz, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Russell's... book presents a powerful, comprehensive, and elegantly written case for putting 'irreligion' alongside - and even above - 'scepticism' and 'naturalism' as a pervasive theme not only of Hume's later work, but also of his Treatise. Peter Millican, Faculty of Philosophy, Hertford College, Oxford University Paul Russell's lucid and finely-researched book... will enable all of us to read Hume's primary work with fresh understanding, and is a major addition to the scholarly literature. Terence Penelhum, University of Calgary Persuasively argues that irreligion is the main agenda of Hume's Treatise. Annette Baier, author of Reflections on How We Live A bold and novel approach the study as a whole has an exceptional merit. J. D. McNabb, Eighteenth Century Fiction

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Author's Bio

Paul Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and the University of Gothenburg. He is also the author of Freedom and Moral Sentiment and editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hume and (with Oisin Deery) of the The Philosophy Free Will.

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