Review by Choice Review
This new installment in the excellent Cambridge "Companion" series provides readers with 15 essays by eminent scholars. Significant revisions were made for this second edition. Five of the essays are new, others have been substantially revised, and all have been updated. Topics range over all things Hume. Roughly one-third of the essays address Hume's metaphysics and epistemology, and another third discuss his moral and political philosophy. The remaining essays focus on a diverse range of topics, e.g., Hume's histories and aesthetics, with only one essay on Hume's views on religion. Also included (as in the first edition) are two brief autobiographies. The collection concludes with useful bibliographic resources. All the essays are clear and of high quality. They also tend to be both accessible to students and still sufficiently focused to remain highly valuable to professional philosophers. Hume's moral philosophy, e.g., earns two essays: one for the views he expressed in the Treatise, and another for his later moral philosophy. This collection will be of value to both students and scholars. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. H. Spence Adrian College
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