Recasting Hume and Early Modern Philosophy: Selected Essays

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This book is a collection of essays that are concerned with major figures and central topics of the history of early modern philosophy. Most of these essays are studies on the philosophy of David Hume, one of the great figures in the history of philosophy. One central theme, connecting many of the essays, concerns Hume's fundamental irreligious intentions. Russell argues that a proper appreciation of the significance of Hume's irreligious concerns, which runs through his whole philosophy, serves to discredit the deeply entrenched framework for understanding Hume-and much of early modern philosophy-in terms of the idea of "British Empiricism." In a substantive introduction, Russell outlines how his various insights overlap and connect to each other. The volume is organized thematically into five sections: metaphysics, free will, ethics, religion, and general interpretations of Hume's philosophy. The collection also features a previously unpublished essay on Hume's atheism and an essay on Adam Smith's views on religion and ethics that has not been previously published in English.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages496
ISBN (Electronic)9780197577264
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

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  • Adam Smith
  • Atheism
  • Causation
  • David Hume
  • Free will
  • Induction
  • Moral luck
  • Skepticism
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Virtue ethics


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