An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding

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Highly original and challenging in its views, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding proved controversial upon its 1748 publication, and it remains so today. In terms of influence, David Hume's theory of causality ranks as the modern equivalent of Aristotle's work on the subject. Hume's philosophy roused Immanuel Kant from his self-described "dogmatic slumber," and inspired the thinking behind the Critique of Pure Reason, which introduced a completely new school of philosophy in the form of Kantian ethics. One...
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Highly original and challenging in its views, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding proved controversial upon its 1748 publication, and it remains so today. In terms of influence, David Hume's theory of causality ranks as the modern equivalent of Aristotle's work on the subject. Hume's philosophy roused Immanuel Kant from his self-described "dogmatic slumber," and inspired the thinking behind the Critique of Pure Reason, which introduced a completely new school of philosophy in the form of Kantian ethics. One of the most widely read works in philosophy and the best introduction to Hume's other works, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding asserts that causal relationships constitute the core of our understanding of relationships between objects in the external world. Hume establishes the factors that define a causal relationship between two objects and demonstrates that causal theory derives from the mind rather than experience. In so doing, he questions the basis of scientific causal theory, which claims validity by nature of its basis in experiential knowledge. Hume's assessment of the limitations of human understanding and the merits of skepticism make his Enquiry a work of enduring relevance and influence.
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Donald C. Ainslie University of Toronto
"David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is a philosophical masterpiece that explores the nature of human cognition and the limits of our knowledge. This edition of the Enquiry helpfully puts the text in its historical context by presenting it alongside responses from Hume's most significant 18th-century critics: George Campbell, Thomas Reid, James Beattie, and Immanuel Kant. Lorne Falkenstein's incisive introduction and editorial comments offer readers, whether novice or expert, a sure hand as they navigate both the deceivingly straightforward text and the critics' responses."
Jacqueline Taylor University of San Francisco
"The 1758 edition of An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding was the first to be grouped together with A Dissertation on the Passions, An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, and The Natural History of Religion. This grouping well reflects Hume's ambition to recast his earlier Treatise on Human Nature, and brings into relief his explicit criticism of religion. In four appendices, Lorne Falkenstein has thoughtfully chosen selections by Hume's contemporaries who challenge Hume on the central topics of the Enquiry: perception and reasoning, causation, and miracles. Falkenstein adds helpful notes providing further historical context. This is an excellent edition for undergraduate and graduate courses, and will be a welcome new resource for scholars."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551118024
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,070,983
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorne Falkenstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, and has published widely on eighteenth-century philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and References
Introduction
David Hume: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Front Matter from the 1758 and 1777 Editions of Hume's Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
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Section 1: Of the different Species of Philosophy
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Section 2: Of the Origin of Ideas
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Section 3: Of the Association of Ideas
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Section 4: Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding
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Section 5: Sceptical Solution of these Doubts
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Section 6: Of Probability
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Section 7: Of the Idea of necessary Connexion
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Section 8: Of Liberty and Necessity
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Section 9: Of the Reason of Animals
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Section 10: Of Miracles
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Section 11: Of a particular Providence and of a future State
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Section 12: Of the academical or sceptical Philosophy
Appendix A: From George Campbell, A Dissertation on Miracles (1762)
Appendix B: From Thomas Reid, An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (1764) and Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man (1785)
Appendix C: From James Beattie, An Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth (1774)
Appendix D: From Immanuel Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (1784) and The Critique of Pure Reason (1781/1787)
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Hume's Index to the Enquiry

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