Book cover of The New Hume Debate. Includes a picture of David Hume overlaid with the title.

The New Hume Debate (2nd ed)

The New Hume Debate is an edited collection co-authored by Rupert Read and Kenneth Richman. It was first published in 2000. The second edition was published in 2007. It is published by Routledge.

For decades scholars thought they knew Hume’s position on the existence of causes and objects: he was a sceptic. However, this received view has been thrown into question by the ‘new’ readings of Hume as a sceptical realist. For philosophers, students of philosophy and others interested in theories of causation and their history, The New Hume Debate is the first book to fully document the most influential contemporary readings of Hume’s work. Throughout, the volume brings the debate beyond textual issues in Hume to contemporary philosophical issues concerning causation and knowledge of the external world and issues in the history of philosophy, offering the reader a model for scholarly debate. This revised paperback edition includes three new chapters by Janet Broughton, Peter Kail and Peter Millican.

Contributors: Kenneth A. Richman, Barry Stroud, Galen Strawson, Kenneth P. Winkler, John P. Wright, Simon Blackburn, Edward Craig, Martin Bell, Daniel Flage, Anne Jaap Jacobson, Rupert Read, Janet Broughton, Peter Millican, Peter Kail.

You can purchase your copy of The New Hume Debate at Routledge’s website.

Praise for The New Hume Debate

“[My] remarks only scratch the surface of this interesting debate and the valuable contributions that are included in this volume. The editors have done an excellent job of choosing and presenting the most important papers on this subject” – Paul Russell, Journal of the History of Philosophy.

“The New Hume Debate collects the latest version of the views of both those who got this argument going …and those who have found the New Hume hardest to swallow” – Times Literary Supplement.

“…some excellent contributions that genuinely advance the debate” – British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

“Rupert Read and Kenneth A. Richman have assembled some outstanding articles…focusing on the interpretation of Hume as a sceptical realist” – Studies on Eighteenth Century Scotland.

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