Socrates Meets Hume: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Modern Skepticism : a Socratic Examination of An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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Ignatius Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 227 pages
This book is the 6th book in a series of Socratic explorations of some of the Great Books. The books in this series are intended to be short, clear, and non-technical, thus fully understandable by beginners. Through such Socratic dialogues, Peter Kreeft introduces (or reviews) the basic questions in the fundamental divisions of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology, ethics, logic, and method.

In Socrates Meets Hume, Kreeft presents a Socratic examination of enquiry concerning human understanding in relation to the skepticism of Hume, posing questions that challenge the concepts that Hume proposed. Kreeft states that Hume is the "most formidable, serious, difficult-to-refute skeptic in the history of human thought."

Kreeft invites you to take part in the process of refuting Hume's skeptical arguments, with the aid of Socrates. Based on an imaginary dialogue between Socrates and Hume that takes place in the afterlife, this profound and witty book makes an entertaining and informative exploration of modern philosophy.


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Hume Introduced
The Point of Departure
Humes Relation to Locke
Humes Premise The Origin of All Ideas
The Division of All Objects of Reason Things Knowable into Relations of Ideas and Matters of Fact
The Critique of Causality
The Mysterious Idea of Causal Connection
Humes Explanation of Causal Reasoning by Custom or Habit
Humes Emotive Morality
Humes Critique of Miracles
Humes Critiques of Christianity
Humes Denial of the Self
Humes Skepticism

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Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including The Best Things in Life, The Journey, How to Win the Culture War and, with Ronald Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics.

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