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Author: Annette C. Baier
ISBN: 0674061683
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Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 4, 2011)
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The Pursuits of Philosophy book. Marking the tercentenary of David Hume's birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain.

The Pursuits of Philosophy book.

Marking the tercentenary of David Hume's birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain.

Annette Claire Baier (née Stoop; 11 October 1929 – 2 November 2012) was a New Zealand philosopher and Hume scholar, focused . The Pursuits of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume. Harvard University Press.

Annette Claire Baier (née Stoop; 11 October 1929 – 2 November 2012) was a New Zealand philosopher and Hume scholar, focused in particular on Hume's moral psychology. She was well known also for her contributions to feminist philosophy and to the philosophy of mind, where she was strongly influenced by her former colleague, Wilfrid Sellars.

Harvard University Press (2011). Similar books and articles. An Introduction to Hume's Thought. David Fate Norton - 2009 - In David Fate Norton & Jacqueline Anne Taylor (ed., The Cambridge Companion to Hume. Cambridge University Press. Annette Claire Baier. Childhood and youth: loss of faith and a passion for literature - "At a distance from relations": writing his treatise in France - Hume after the treatise - Hume as librarian and historian - Hume's life as a man in the public eye - Hume's final years in Edinburgh - Death and character.

Annette Baier's elegant reflections on Hume's life and philosophy capture the wisdom of the man as well as the .

Annette Baier's elegant reflections on Hume's life and philosophy capture the wisdom of the man as well as the brilliance of the ideas. This is a worthy and engaging introduction to one of the most admirable of all great philosophers. Don Garrett, New York University. This short guide to Hume's philosophy contains authoritative explanations by the philosopher widely acknowledged to be the greatest Hume scholar alive today. Ray Monk, University of Southampton.

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An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume. Marking the tercentenary of David Hume’s birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain

An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume. Marking the tercentenary of David Hume’s birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain.

Marking the tercentenary of David Hume's birth, Annette Baier has created an engaging guide to the philosophy of one of the greatest thinkers of Enlightenment Britain. Drawing deeply on a lifetime of scholarship and incisive commentary, she deftly weaves Hume’s autobiography together with his writings and correspondence, finding in these personal experiences new ways to illuminate his ideas about religion, human nature, and the social order.

Excerpts from Hume’s autobiography at the beginning of each chapter open a window onto the eighteenth-century context in which Hume’s philosophy developed. Famous in Christian Britain as a polymath and a nonbeliever, Hume recounts how his early encounters with clerical authority laid the foundation for his lifelong skepticism toward religion. In Scotland, where he grew up, he had been forced to study lists of sins in order to spot his own childish flaws, he reports. Later, as a young man, he witnessed the clergy’s punishment of a pregnant unmarried servant, and this led him to question the violent consequences of the Church’s emphasis on the doctrine of original sin. Baier’s clear interpretation of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature explains the link between Hume’s growing disillusionment and his belief that ethics should be based on investigations of human nature, not on religious dogma.

Four months before he died, Hume concluded his autobiography with a eulogy he wrote for his own funeral. It makes no mention of his flaws, critics, or disappointments. Baier’s more realistic account rivets our attention on connections between the way Hume lived and the way he thought―insights unavailable to Hume himself, perhaps, despite his lifelong introspection.

Comments to eBook The Pursuits of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume
Netlandinhabitant
As a Hume scholar in training, I often wonder what is the best introductory text to those unfamiliar with his work. Hume: A Very Short Introduction by A.J. Ayer is too lecture oriented for most people and doesn't get at Hume's distinctive doctrines enough, though it is well written. How to Read Hume by Simon Blackburn is a good place to start, but Blackburn's personal agenda does get in the way from time to time. Don Garrett's book Hume is a wonderful book, but too scholarly for the layman. What is a potential Hume reader to do?

If Hume is God's gift to the infidel, then Annette C. Baier is God's gift to the potential Hume reader and scholar alike. Her book The Pursuits of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume is, and this is not propaganda, the best introductory text to Hume that is currently available. Hume himself would love it.

Baier approaches Hume through his own autobiography, My Own Life, which he wrote shortly before his death. In it, Hume mentions his early childhood, his unhappiness with anything besides studying philosophy, the failure of his A Treatise of Human Nature to have the revolution in philosophy he had hoped it would, the writing of his first and second Enquiries, and finally an evaluation of himself that is fair to the man he was throughout his life. What I find fascinating about Hume's autobiography is the fact that he considers himself just a simple man rather than one of the great philosophers of all time. A man to whom the word humble can honestly be applied.

The book is divided into 7 chapters, each of which begins by quoting heavily from My Own Life, and then giving more background than Hume gives in his short piece. One of the things that is repeatedly mentioned are Hume's religious beliefs, or his lack thereof. As I mentioned earlier, Hume is known within philosophy as "God's gift to the infidel", and I am not sure that the title is warranted. While pointing out that Hume was obviously not a Christian, Baier seems to try to make the case that Hume was a sort of Richard Dawkins of his time, but then at the end pulls back and says that Hume was not an atheist. She never points out that when talking about religion, Hume never takes a firm position, and also that he often is asking why we believe in certain things, not if they are true or not.

Aside from that, Baier's book is very thorough, simple, and a joy to read. Her chapter on Hume's Treatise is better than the introduction given in the Oxford edition of the book, because she makes Hume's main points and leaves one hungry for more. You see in each chapter that Hume's doctrines are rich and deep, and that reading her book alone will not really bring you to a knowledge of Hume. You have only just gotten started, but you feel anxious to go out and buy Hume's books. That is perhaps this books selling point: If you want to know if Hume is worth a read, you will probably know by the end of the book.

At 144 pages, Baier's book is accessible to even the casual reader and should be on the shelf of all those who call themselves disciples of Hume. A lovely work which I cannot recommend highly enough.
Cozius
David Hume was one of the leading people in the Empiricist movement in philosophy. Empiricism doubts all principles and human knowledge unless they were learned from experience, as opposed to its major "rival" at the time, Rationalism, which asserts that reason is the source of human knowledge. Hume also held quite mild atheist ideas, at least for our time, but quite radical for then, which often interfered with his career.

In the introduction, the author makes it very clear that The Pursuits of Philosophy was written for the amateur philosopher who has an interest in learning about one of the leading philosophers of the Enlightenment Age. To ensure that the book is indeed suitable for the layman, she has even tested the book with her school teacher and nurse sisters.

Baier's writing style is very clear and precise, although somewhat dry in my opinion. Furthermore, even though this book is quite short, I still found it to be quite repetitive at times. Nonetheless, The Pursuits of Philosophy is an enjoyable read.
Lcena
From time to time I simply have to spend some time in the company of David Hume, either by reading him or by reading about him. He is one of the most prominent philosophers of all time, and definitely one of the top three in my personal pantheon (in case you are wondering, the other two are Aristotle and Bertrand Russell). Which is why I picked up this slim volume by Annette Baier. Too slim, as it turns out. Baier strives to give her readers a flavor of the complexities and nuances of Hume's philosophy - as well as a peek into his life, but a flavor and a peek is also we get, unfortunately. Each chapter begins with a good pedagogical device: Baier quotes from Hume's (ironically, extremely brief) autobiography, to give us an idea of what the man thought of himself and what had happened to him. Then she picks up on the same themes and explains their philosophical and historical background. Thus we get chapters on Hume's youth and his loss of faith; on his relations with his family and his first trip to France (during which he stayed near the Jesuit college where Descartes had been educated); on his second career as a historian; and on the admirable way he spent his last days as a secularist surrounded by religious bigotry. But the whole thing is accomplished in a mere 176 pages (in the non-electronic version), far too short to do justice to such a hugely influential figure, even in contemporary philosophy. A shame, and a good opportunity only partially fulfilled.
Billy Granson
a good brief introduction to Hume's philosophy. Well written
Drelajurus
Short and easy read of this unique man who would not be forced into religious conformity and he showed there is no rational proof for the Judaeo Christian faiths. The author is a writer of clear and understandable expression and you will come away with a clear over-view of Hum, his lived-life and the way he practiced morality and faith.
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