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Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy by Jacqueline Taylor (review)

Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy by Jacqueline Taylor... Volume 41, Number 2, 2015, pp. 289­293 Jacqueline Taylor. Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 240, ISBN 9780198729525, cloth, $60.00. Reflecting Subjects is an important and timely book, both as a piece of Hume interpretation and as a work of philosophy more generally. Let me begin with the first. It has increasingly become a commonplace in Hume interpretation that the passionate and social dimensions of human life play an unusually fundamental role in Hume's philosophy. But we are only beginning to appreciate the significance of this side of Hume in a systematic way. (Indeed, Taylor's book may be the first piece of Hume scholarship focused primarily on the passions since Páll Árdal's-- although the centrality of the passions is also a major theme of Annette Baier's work.) It is precisely here that Taylor focuses her attention, providing us with a new perspective on why the passions stand at the center, not just of the books like the Treatise, but also of the philosophy they expound. For Taylor, the heart of Hume's social philosophy lies in his account of the passions and, in particular, in the manner in which they http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hume Studies Hume Society

Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy by Jacqueline Taylor (review)

Hume Studies , Volume 41 (2) – Jun 7, 2015

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Volume 41, Number 2, 2015, pp. 289­293 Jacqueline Taylor. Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume's Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 240, ISBN 9780198729525, cloth, $60.00. Reflecting Subjects is an important and timely book, both as a piece of Hume interpretation and as a work of philosophy more generally. Let me begin with the first. It has increasingly become a commonplace in Hume interpretation that the passionate and social dimensions of human life play an unusually fundamental role in Hume's philosophy. But we are only beginning to appreciate the significance of this side of Hume in a systematic way. (Indeed, Taylor's book may be the first piece of Hume scholarship focused primarily on the passions since Páll Árdal's-- although the centrality of the passions is also a major theme of Annette Baier's work.) It is precisely here that Taylor focuses her attention, providing us with a new perspective on why the passions stand at the center, not just of the books like the Treatise, but also of the philosophy they expound. For Taylor, the heart of Hume's social philosophy lies in his account of the passions and, in particular, in the manner in which they

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