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The Great Guide

What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well

Julian Baggini



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Princeton University Pres
01 June 2021

Invaluable wisdom on living a good life from one of the Enlightenment's greatest philosophers

David Hume (1711-1776) is perhaps best known for his ideas about cause and effect and his criticisms of religion, but he is rarely thought of as a philosopher with practical wisdom to offer. Yet Hume's philosophy is grounded in an honest assessment of nature-human nature in particular.

The Great Guide is an engaging and eye-opening account of how Hume's thought should serve as the basis for a complete approach to life.

In this enthralling book, Julian Baggini masterfully interweaves biography with intellectual history and philosophy to give us a complete vision of Hume's guide to life. He follows Hume on his life's journey, literally walking in the great philosopher's footsteps as Baggini takes readers to the places that inspired Hume the most, from his family estate near the Scottish border to Paris, where, as an older man, he was warmly embraced by French society. Baggini shows how Hume put his philosophy into practice in a life that blended reason and passion, study and leisure, and relaxation and enjoyment.

The Great Guide includes 145 Humean maxims for living well, on topics ranging from the meaning of success and the value of travel, to friendship, facing death, identity, and the importance of leisure. This book shows how life is far richer with Hume as your guide.

Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691226477
ISBN 10:   0691226474
Series:   Princeton ANZ Paperbacks
Pages:   328
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Julian Baggini is an independent scholar, philosopher, and writer. He was the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and is the author of many books, including How the World Thinks and The Edge of Reason. Website Twitter @JulianBaggini

Reviews for The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well

In this well-written and accessible book, Baggini shows how Hume's life illustrates and accords with his philosophical standpoints, deftly navigating a good many of the central themes of Hume's work.--Simon Blackburn, author of What Do We Really Know? The Big Questions of Philosophy This unique book is filled with useful maxims for everyday life, illuminating Hume's world while also adding a contemporary touch. Baggini's intermingling of life and philosophy, both past and present, makes for an engaging read.--Angela M. Coventry, author of Hume: A Guide for the Perplexed

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