An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

by David Hume
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599867632
Publisher:
Filiquarian Publishing
Publication date:
10/04/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book3
List of Abbreviations5
Editor's introduction7
The Text Printed in this Edition54
Supplementary Reading55
An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals71
1Of the General Principles of Morals73
2Of Benevolence78
3Of Justice83
4Of Political Society99
5Why Utility Pleases104
6Of Qualities Useful to Ourselves119
7Of Qualities Immediately Agreeable to Ourselves131
8Of Qualities Immediately Agreeable to Others139
9Conclusion145
App. 1Concerning Moral Sentiment157
App. 2Of Self-Love164
App. 3Some Farther Considerations with Regard to Justice170
App. 4Of Some Verbal Disputes176
A Dialogue185
Annotations to the Enquiry203
Glossary258
References266
Index275

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