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Hume's Enlightenment Tract: The Unity and Purpose of an Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding / Edition 1

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Overview

"Hume's Enlightenment Tract is the first full study for forty years of David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. The Enquiry has, contrary to its author's expressed wishes, long lived in the shadow of its predecessor. A Treatise of Human Nature. Stephen Buckle presents the Enquiry in a fresh light, and aims to raise it to its rightful position in Hume's work and in the history of philosophy. He argues that the Enquiry is not, as so often assumed, a mere collection of watered-down extracts from the earlier work. It is, rather, a coherent work with a unified argument; and, when this argument is grasped as a whole, the Enquiry shows itself to be the best introduction to the lineaments of its author's general philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.
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"A pleasure to read... This book clearly presents the roles of philosophical thought in the various phenomena constituting the Enlightenment, and so will be of value to scholars and students of Hume, and will be of special value to people who are teaching the Enquiry for the first time and desire to understand how it all 'hangs together.'"--Eighteenth-Century Thought


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199271146
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Buckle is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University.

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Table of Contents

1. 1 Approaching the Text Clearing the Ground
2. Circumstances and Aim
3. Experimentalism and Scepticism
1. 2 The Argument 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
6. Of Probability
7. Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion
8. Of Liberty and Necessity
9. Of the Reason of Animals
10. Of Miracles
11. Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State
12. Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy
3 Conclusion Hume's Enlightenment Tract
Bibliography, Index

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