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- DescriptionThis important new mograph presents a n-sceptical outlook on Hume's Treatise by analysing the hitherto neglected role of the belief in other minds. The problem of other minds has widely been considered as a special problem within the debate about scepticism. If one cant be sure that there is a world existing independently of one's mind, how can we be sure that there are minds - minds which we cant even experience the way we experience material objects? This book shows, through a detailed examination of David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature , that these concerns are unfounded. By focusing on Hume's discussion of sympathy - the ability to connect with the mental contents of other persons - Anik Waldow demonstrates that belief in other minds can be justified by the same means as belief in material objects. The book thus t only provides the first large-scale treatment of the function of the belief in other minds within the Treatise , thereby adding a new dimension to Hume's realism, but also serves as an invaluable guide to the complexity of the problem of other minds and its various responses in contemporary debate.
- Author BiographyAnik Waldow is a Research Fellow in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney, Australia.
- Author(s)Anik Waldow
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication15/06/2009
- Series TitleContinuum Studies in British Philosophy
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintContinuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight376 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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