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The radical theories of Scottish philosopher David Hume are examined in this fascinating audiobook Hume: Philosophy in an Hour, written by Paul Strathern and narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Hume theorised widely on scepticism and empiricism. He denied that there was any existence at all except that which lies within our individual perceptions. His theories went far deeper than the rigid religious beliefs of the wider community during his lifetime. Hume is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers to have ever lived. This book is a necessary component to any philosophy library. Available now from Audible.

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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Hume in just one hour.

Hume reduced philosophy to ruins, denying the existence of everything except our actual perceptions themselves. The world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world – a world in which neither religion nor science is certain.

This audiobook is an expert account of Hume’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to listen to. Also included are selections from Hume’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Hume in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2012 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them... I find them hard to stop reading." ( New York Times)
"Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise" ( Wall Street Journal)
"Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character... I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization." ( Boston Globe)
"A godsend in this era of the short attention span." ( New York Times)

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Hume The Scottish Phiosopher Who Changed the World

A good wee outline of a philosopher who made a profound difference to the world. The text is witty and informative. The salient points of the Hume's philosophy are covered as well as entertaining biographical episodes.

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Hume as a person.

Excellent narrator, written with humour. Gives insight to Hume's personal life, with a bit of comedic exaggeration perhaps.
Quite easy to listen, probably more enjoyable for those who've already familiarised themselves with Hume's work.

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Hume

Written with more humour than other episodes in the series. This was an enjoyable book

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Interesting.

To do Hume in a little over an hour was probably frustrating, what to leave out, put in, and still maintain reader interest.
Condense, but worth getting. Hume was remarkable both personally and professionally. I'm glad I added this to my library.

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Excellent

It is a must listen to every student of philosophy.
Although I enjoyed listening, the conclusion was rather strange; that is, Newton has influenced Hume and then in turn Hume has influenced Adam Smith, and later Kant and Hegel.

Overall I give it 5 star.