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A landmark of Enlightenment thought, Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is accompanied here by two shorter works that shed light on it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh, Hume's response to those accusing him of atheism, of advocating extreme skepticism, and of undermining the foundations of morality; and his Abstract of A Treatise of Human Nature, which anticipates discussions developed in the Enquiry.
In his concise Introduction, Eric Steinberg explores the conditions that led Hume to write the Enquiry and the work's important relationship to Book I of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature.
|A Note on the Text|
|An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding|
|1||Of the Different Species of Philosophy|
|2||Of the Origin of Ideas|
|3||Of the Association of Ideas|
|4||Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding|
|5||Sceptical Solution of these Doubts|
|7||Of the idea of Necessary Connexion|
|8||Of Liberty and Necessity|
|9||Of the Reason of Animals|
|11||Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State|
|12||Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy|
|A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh|
|An Abstract of a Treatise of Human Nature|
Posted December 18, 2008
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