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David Hume bridges a gap between classical and non-classical philosophy. Two major approaches in the XX century systematic philosophy - naturalism and relativism - have been both basically inspired by Hume and build the strongest controversy of nowadays. The dethroning of the knowing agent and the spiritual substance from their privileged place opens way to the death of God (F. Nietzsche) or the death of the Author (R. Barthes). His criticism of causality corresponds to the indeterminism of the quantum mechanics (B. Russell). K. Popper's falsificationism would be hardly possible without Hume's account of induction. L. Wittgenstein's considerations on rule following reveals similarities with Hume's idea of habit (S. Kripke) as well as with P. Bourdieu's concept of habitus. D. Bloor likes to think of Hume as Edinburgh's great sociologist of knowledge. The present collection is also not a mere contribution to the history of philosophy, though it covers many problems of the contemporary Humean scholarship and contains the articles written by the leading researchers in the field (B. Straud, R. Harre, J. Bricke, E. Radcliffe etc.). Its aim is rather to demonstrate the 'vivacity' of Hume for the contemporary philosophy. Their considerations range from the subtlest questions of the development of his thought and its impact on the contemporaries to the most recent and controversial topics in epistemology, philosophy of science, political theory and ethics
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Prof. Dr. Ilya Kasavin, Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Editor in Chief of Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, Head of Dept. for Social Epistemology of the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences. Sphere of competence: epistemology, social epistemology; philosophy and history of science, history of Western philosophy, history and theory of culture, philosophical anthropology. Selected publications: Kassavine I. (2003) Soziale Erkenntnistheorie. Migrationsmetaphern, Wissenstypen, Textepochen. Nichtklassische Ansatze. Olms Verlag, Hildesheim. 291 S.;- Kasavin I. (2009) The Idea of Interdisciplinary Approach in Contemporary Epistemology // Diogenes 222 & 223: 110-124 Paris; - (2009) Religion, Science and Lebenswelt: New Interdisciplinary Crossroads // Global Perspective on Science and Spirituality. West Conshohocken; - (2010) How to make Wittgenstein's concept of meaning complete? // 32 International Wittgenstein's Symposium/ /Papers, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Wien; - (2011) Das historische Apriori als erkenntnistheoretisches Problem // Das Geheimnis der Wirklichkeit Kurt Hubner zum 90. Geburtstag. Verlag Kalr Alber, Freiburg/Munchen; - (forthcoming) To what extent could social epistemology accept the naturalistic motto? // Social Epistemology, 2013
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