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Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment
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Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment

Ryu Susato

Abstract

David Hume (1711–1776) remains one of the most equivocal thinkers in eighteenth-century Europe. Some emphasise his conservatism because of his criticism of rationalism in morals and of the social contract theory in politics, while others deem him one of the most important liberal thinkers. He can also be characterised as a forerunner of utilitarianism or even postmodernism. How can these images be integrated? To address this issue, Hume’s Sceptical Enlightenment demonstrates the uniqueness and complexity of Hume as an Enlightenment thinker through an investigation of the ‘historical’ Hume. Bas ... More

Keywords: Hume, Enlightenment, Epicureanism, scepticism, politeness, civilisation, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748699803
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699803.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryu Susato, author
Kansai University