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  1. Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy.James A. Harris - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
    The eighteenth century was a time of brilliant philosophical innovation in Britain. In Of Liberty and Necessity James A. Harris presents the first comprehensive account of the period's discussion of what remains a central problem of philosophy, the question of the freedom of the will. He offers new interpretations of contributions to the free will debate made by canonical figures such as Locke, Hume, Edwards, and Reid, and also discusses in detail the arguments of some less familiar writers. Harris puts (...)
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  2. Hume: An Intellectual Biography.James A. Harris - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain's greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume's works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of England, bringing to light the major influences on the course of Hume's intellectual development, and paying careful attention to the differences between the wide variety of literary genres with which Hume experimented. The major events in Hume's life (...)
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    Hume on the Moral Obligation to Justice.James A. Harris - 2010 - Hume Studies 36 (1):25-50.
    Our understanding of the philosophers of the past is not always assisted by the attempt to fit them under one or other of the categories that we currently use to map the philosophical landscape. We have grown used to the idea that there are three principal kinds of moral theory—deontological and broadly Kantian, consequentialist and broadly Millian, virtue-theoretic and broadly Aristotelian—and so historical approaches to moral philosophy tend to orientate themselves by assuming that each and every object of study must (...)
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    The Protection of the Rich Against the Poor: The Politics of Adam Smith’s Political Economy.James A. Harris - 2020 - Social Philosophy and Policy 37 (1):138-158.
    My point of departure in this essay is Smith’s definition of government. “Civil government,” he writes, “so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.” First I unpack Smith’s definition of government as the protection of the rich against the poor. I argue that, on Smith’s view, this is always part of (...)
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    Critical Notice on Istvan Hont, Politics in Commercial Society.James Anthony Harris - unknown
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    Istvan Hont, Politics in Commercial Society: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith.James A. Harris - 2016 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 14 (2):151-163.
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    From Hobbes to Smith and Back Again: The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State From Hobbes to Smith, by Paul Sagar, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 2018,280 Pp., $45, £35 , ISBN: 9780691178882.James A. Harris - 2019 - History of European Ideas 45 (5):761-766.
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    Religion in Hutcheson's Moral Philosophy.James A. Harris - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (2):pp. 205-222.
    It is shown that belief in providence and a future state are key components of Hutcheson’s account of moral virtue. Though Hutcheson holds that human beings are naturally virtuous, religion is necessary to give virtuous dispositions support and stability. The aspects of Hutcheson’s moral psychology which lead him to this conclusion are spelled out in detail. It is argued that religion and virtue are connected in this way in both the Dublin writings (the Inquiry and the Essay ) and the (...)
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  9. Introduction.Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris - 2015 - In Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris (eds.), Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion. Oxford University Press.
    This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in the present volume. It highlights the interdisciplinary approach taken in the choice of contributors to the volume which it is hoped will result in new perspectives on the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. The chapter notes that the contributors approach Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, and Reid from new points of view, and other important figures and philosophical themes are discussed in terms of their contributions to a distinctively Scottish philosophical (...)
     
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    The Government of the Passions.James A. Harris - 2013 - In The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford University Press. pp. 270.
    The chapter begins with early eighteenth-century descriptions of the use of reason, properly supplemented by faith and grace, in the government of the passions. Next the familiar figures of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson are presented, with emphasis laid upon their insistence that government of the passions is work that the individual has to do for himself. The question is then raised whether all people can be conceived as able to do the work necessary to self-government, and Mandeville is introduced as an (...)
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  11. Hume's Use of the Rhetoric of Calvinism.James A. Harris - 2005 - In Marina Frasca-Spada & P. J. E. Kail (eds.), Impressions of Hume. Oxford University Press. pp. 141--159.
    This chapter provides a new way of understanding the places in Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding where use is made of the language of Calvinist fideism: most notably, in Sections 8, 10, and 12. Hume's deployment of such language, it is argued, needs to be seen in the context of the conflict within the Church of Scotland between the ‘orthodox’ and the ‘modernizers’. It was the modernizers such as Francis Hutcheson and William Leechman who had been instrumental in denying Hume (...)
     
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  12. Hume In and Out of Scottish Context.Mikko Tolonen & James A. Harris - 2015 - In Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris (eds.), Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion. Oxford University Press.
    This chapter considers the extent to which David Hume is properly regarded as a Scottish philosopher at all. It begins by looking at A Treatise of Human Nature and argues that there is little, if any, discernible connection between it and either the education Hume received at Edinburgh or what was going on in Scottish letters in the 1720s and 1730s. It also explores ways in which Hume, like William Robertson, engaged with and subverted the usual tropes of Scottish history (...)
     
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    Introduction: The Place of the Ancients in the Moral Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment.James A. Harris - 2010 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (1):1-11.
  14. A Compleat Chain of Reasoning: Hume's Project in a Treatise of Human Nature, Books One and Two.James A. Harris - 2009 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt2):129-148.
    In this paper I consider the context and significance of the first instalment of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature , Books One and Two, on the understanding and on the passions, published in 1739 without Book Three. I argue that Books One and Two taken together should be read as addressing the question of the relation between reason and passion, and place Hume's discussion in the context of a large early modern philosophical literature on the topic. Hume's goal is (...)
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    From Moral Theology to Moral Philosophy: Cicero and Visions of Humanity From Locke to Hume by Tim Stuart-Buttle.James A. Harris - 2021 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (1):151-152.
    It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of Cicero to British—and not only British—philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. For the most part, interest appears to have been much greater in De Officiis, De Finibus Malorum et Bonorum, De Natura Deorum, Academica, De Legibus, and so on, than in the works of Plato or of Aristotle. Yet Cicero was different things to different people. To many, he was the paradigmatic moderate Stoic, critical of the paradoxical excesses of Zeno (...)
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  16. Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2009 - Philosophical Review 118 (1):112-115.
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    Thomas Reid.James A. Harris - 2011 - The Philosophers' Magazine 55 (55):97-99.
  18. Hume's Four Essays on Happiness and Their Place in the Move From Morals to Politics.James A. Harris - 2007 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 62 (3):223-235.
     
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    David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist – Russell Hardin.James A. Harris - 2009 - Philosophical Quarterly 59 (235):362-365.
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    Of Hobbes and Hume: A Review of Paul Russell, the Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism and Irreligion 1. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2009 - Philosophical Books 50 (1):38-46.
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    Editing Hume's Treatise: James A. Harris.James A. Harris - 2008 - Modern Intellectual History 5 (3):633-641.
    In 1975 the Clarendon Press at Oxford published Peter Nidditch's edition of John Locke's An Essay concerning Human Understanding. In his Introduction Nidditch says that his edition “offers a text that is directly derived, without modernization, from the early published versions; it notes the provenance of all its adopted readings ; and it aims at recording all relevant differences between these versions”. As Nidditch goes on to acknowledge, the “relevant differences” were many, “requiring several thousand registrations both in the case (...)
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    On Reid's 'Inconsistent Triad': A Reply to McDermid.James A. Harris - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (1):121 – 127.
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    The Persistence of Party: Ideas of Harmonious Discord in Eighteenth-Century Britain: By Max Skjönsberg, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021, Xv + 373 Pp., £75 Hb, ISBN 978-1-108-84163-4. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2021 - History of European Ideas 47 (5):809-811.
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    Self-Love, Egoism and the Selfish Hypothesis: Key Debates From Eighteenth-Century British Moral Philosophy.James A. Harris - 2021 - Intellectual History Review 31 (2):373-375.
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  25. Reid on Hume on Justice.James A. Harris - 2009 - In Sabine Roeser (ed.), Reid on Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    Wilson to Wittgenstein: Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English, by Jonathan Rée, Allen Lane, 2019, Pp. Xiii + 746, £30.00 (Hb), ISBN: 978-0-713-99933-4.James A. Harris - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (6):1240-1249.
    It would appear, judging from the evidence provided by Jonathan Rée in the first chapter of this extraordinary book, that the first work of philosophy in the English language was The Rule of Reason...
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    David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism: Methodology and Ideology in Enlightenment Inquiry.James A. Harris - 2018 - Philosophical Quarterly 68 (271):419-421.
    David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism: Methodology and Ideology in Enlightenment Inquiry. By Demeter Tamás.
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    Charles L. Griswold, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith: A Philosophical Encounter.James A. Harris - 2019 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 17 (2):180-184.
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    Wilson to Wittgenstein.James A. Harris - forthcoming - Tandf: British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-10.
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    The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment (Review).James Anthony Harris - 2006 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):479-480.
    James A. Harris - The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment - Journal of the History of Philosophy 44:3 Journal of the History of Philosophy 44.3 479-480 Alexander Broadie, editor. The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment. Cambridge-New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Pp. xvi + 366. Cloth, $65.00. A Cambridge Companion can be expected to attempt to do two different things at the same time: to provide a clear and concise introduction to the existing scholarly literature on all the (...)
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    A Treatise of Human Nature. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2004 - Hume Studies 30 (1):188-190.
    No reader of Hume Studies is likely to make use of an abridgement of the Treatise. Everyman editions, however, are aimed not at scholars but at members of that elusive species, the intelligent general reader ; and the Treatise surely constitutes a paradigm case of a book that needs to be trimmed and tidied for consumption by non-specialists. This was something Hume himself came to realize: hence the Enquiries concerning Human Understanding and concerning the Principles of Morals. But perhaps Hume (...)
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    Moral Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain: God, Self, and Other by Colin Heydt.James A. Harris - 2018 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (4):759-760.
    "There is in Ethicks as in most Sciences," Thomas Reid told the students in his moral philosophy class, "a Speculative and a practical Part. … The proper object of the Theory of Morals is to explain the Constitution of the human Mind so far as regards Morals, that is to explain the Moral and active Powers of the human Mind." He continued: "The various Theorists disagree not about what is to be accounted virtuous Conduct but why it is so to (...)
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  33. James Beattie: Selected Philosophical Writings.James Beattie & James A. Harris (eds.) - 2004 - Imprint Academic.
    James Beattie was appointed professor of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College, Aberdeen, Scotland at the age of twenty-five. Though more fond of poetry than philosophy, he became part of the Scottish 'Common Sense' school of philosophy that included Thomas Reid and George Campbell. In 1770 Beattie published the work for which he is best known, An Essay on Truth, an abrasive attack on 'modern scepticism' in general, and on David Hume in particular, subsequently and despite Beattie's attack, Scotland's (...)
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    Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion.Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris (eds.) - 2015 - Oxford University Press.
    This new history of Scottish philosophy will include two volumes that focus on the Scottish Enlightenment. In this volume a team of leading experts explore the ideas, intellectual context, and influence of Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, Reid, and many other thinkers, frame old issues in fresh ways, and introduce new topics and questions into debates about the philosophy of this remarkable period. The contributors explore the distinctively Scottish context of this philosophical flourishing, and juxtapose the work of canonical philosophers with contemporaries (...)
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  35. Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century: Volume I: Moral and Political Thought.Aaron Garrett & James A. Harris (eds.) - 2015 - Oxford University Press UK.
    This new history of Scottish philosophy will include two volumes that focus on the Scottish Enlightenment. In this volume a team of leading experts explore the ideas, intellectual context, and influence of Hutcheson, Hume, Smith, Reid, and many other thinkers, frame old issues in fresh ways, and introduce new topics and questions into debates about the philosophy of this remarkable period. The contributors explore the distinctively Scottish context of this philosophical flourishing, and juxtapose the work of canonical philosophers with contemporaries (...)
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  36. Essays on the Active Powers of Man: Volume 7 in the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.Knud Haakonssen & James A. Harris (eds.) - 2010 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    _Essays on the Active Powers of Man_ was Thomas Reid’s last major work. It was conceived as part of one large work, intended as a final synoptic statement of his overall philosophy. The first and larger part was published three years earlier as _Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man_. These two works are united by Reid’s basic philosophy of Common Sense, which sets out native principles by which the mind operates in both its intellectual and active aspects. The _Active (...)
     
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  37. Answering Bayle's Question: Religious Belief in the Moral Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment.James A. Harris - 2004 - In Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy Volume 1. Oxford University Press.
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    The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century.James Anthony Harris (ed.) - 2013 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press UK.
    This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the full range of philosophical writing in Britain in the eighteenth century. A team of experts provides new accounts of both major and lesser-known thinkers, and explores the diverse approaches in the period to logic and metaphysics, the passions, morality, criticism, and politics.
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  39. The Whole Controversy in a New Light Experimental Reasoning About the Faculty of Will, From Hume to Reid.James A. Harris - 2000
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    Christopher J. Berry, The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. 256 Pp. £19.99 Pb. ISBN 9781474404716. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2015 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 13 (2):129-133.
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    Review of Annette C. Baier, The Cautious Jealous Virtue: Hume on Justice[REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2010 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (9).
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  42. The Early Reception of Hume's Theory of Justice.James A. Harris - 2012 - In Ruth Savage (ed.), Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain: New Case Studies. Oxford University Press.
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    The British Moralists on Human Nature and the Birth of Secular Ethics.James A. Harris - 2006 - Hume Studies 32 (2):362-365.
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    The Interpretation of Locke’s Two Treatises in Britain, 1778–1956.James A. Harris - 2020 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (3):483-500.
    This paper describes how Locke’s Two Treatises of Government was read in Britain from Josiah Tucker to Peter Laslett. It focuses in particular upon how Locke’s readers responded to his detailed and...
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    David Hume’s Political Theory: Law, Commerce, and the Constitution of Government.James A. Harris - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (2):335-338.
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    Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment – Roger Emerson. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):189-192.
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    The Pastness of Past Moral Philosophy.James A. Harris - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (2):327-338.
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    Commerce and Politics in Hume's History of England by Jia Wei. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2016 - Hume Studies 42 (1-2):245-247.
    Jia Wei claims in the Introduction to Commerce and Politics in Hume's History of England that significant aspects of Hume's achievement as a historian have yet to be properly appreciated. She intends to shed new light on 'the relationship between the three Humes: Hume the political thinker, Hume the historian, and Hume the political economist'. She continues: More specifically, this book pays greater attention to broad social, economic, and institutional changes which Hume wove into an entirely innovative fabric of causation. (...)
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    David Hume’s Political Theory: Law, Commerce, and the Constitution of Government.James A. Harris - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (2):335-338.
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    Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society.James A. Harris - 2016 - Intellectual History Review 26 (2):309-311.
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