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The work of David Hume (1711-76), the Scottish historian and
philosopher, constitutes a break with the assumptions of his
predecessors who suggested that our ideas and practices answered to
a rational design, whether divine or human. Instead Hume emphasized
the origins of our ideas in sensation, suggested that reason was
properly the slave of the passions, and located the origins of
social and political institutions in utility and sentiment. Hume's
philosophy found its complement in his political essays and History
of England, which emhphasized unintended results and the complexity
of the historical process. Altogether Hume's work constitutes the
first thoroughgoing attempt since the rise of Christianity to
characterize human experience in terms that offered an alternative
to theologically-based or para-theological theories. As such, its
importance for subsequent developments, like that of Kant's work,
is not to be underestimated. This significant anthology contains
articles on different aspects of his thought - his historical
works, his political scepticism, his concepts of justice, liberty
and property and moral evaluation.
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