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Hume, Hegel and Human Nature

  • Authors
  • Christopher J. Berry
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 1-3
  3. The Intellectual Backcloth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 7-24
    3. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 25-42
    4. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 43-53
  4. Human Nature and Society in Hume

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-56
    2. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 57-68
    3. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 69-95
    4. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 96-111
    5. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 112-124
  5. Human Nature and Society in Hegel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-128
    2. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 129-146
    3. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 147-171
    4. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 172-192
    5. Christopher J. Berry
      Pages 193-207
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 208-229

About this book

Introduction

This is both a modest and a presumptuous work. It is presumptuous because, given the vast literature on just one of its themes, it attempts to discuss not only the philosophies of both Hume and Hegel but also something of their intellectual milieu. Moreover, though the study has a delimiting perspective in the relation­ ship between a theory of human nature and an account of the various aspects that make up social experience, this itself is so central and protean that it has necessitated a discussion of, amongst others, theories of history, language, aesthetics, law and politics. Yet it is a modest work in that, although I do think I have some fresh things to say, the study does not propose any revolutionary new reading of the material. I am not here interested in the relative validity of the theories put forward - I do not 'take sides'. Nevertheless it is part of the modest intent that recourse to Hume and Hegel in arguments pertaining to human nature will be better inform­ ed and more discriminating as a consequence of this study. Additionally, some distinctions herein made also shed light on some assumptions made in contem­ porary debates in the philosophy of social science, especially those concerning the understanding of alien belief-systems.

Keywords

Age of Enlightenment David Hume Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Hegel enlightenment

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7588-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7590-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7588-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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