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

3.29 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195110333: The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


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.

Review:

"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'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

"[T]his work of great historical erudition and philosophical penetration...is essential reading that will deepen forever our understanding of Hume's philosophical masterpiece."
--Don Garrett, Professor of Philosophy, New York University

"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 Death and Character: Further Reflections on Hume "A bold and novel approachthe study as a whole has an exceptional merit."
--J. D. McNabb, Eighteenth Century Fiction

"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

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 125.00
US$ 74.95

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 4.75
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Russell, Paul
Published by Oxford University Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195110331 ISBN 13: 9780195110333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Canaday's Book Barn
(Carlisle, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New Book! ! ! ; 9.40 X 6.20 X 1.50 inches; 424 pages. Seller Inventory # 7541

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 74.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.75
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Paul Russell
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195110331 ISBN 13: 9780195110333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195110331

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 100.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Russell, Paul
Published by Oxford University Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 0195110331 ISBN 13: 9780195110333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110195110331

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 131.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

RUSSELL, P.,
ISBN 10: 0195110331 ISBN 13: 9780195110333
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Scrinium Classical Antiquity
(Aalten, Netherlands)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2008. 448p. Hardback. 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 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Seller Inventory # 41263

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 150.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 28.09
From Netherlands to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Russell, Paul
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195110331 ISBN 13: 9780195110333
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0195110331 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0974550

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 175.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds