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

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

by Stephen Buckle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198250886

ISBN-13: 9780198250883

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This is the first full book-length study in forty years of David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding-which, 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, aiming to raise it to its rightful position in the…  See more details below

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This is the first full book-length study in forty years of David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding-which, 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, aiming to raise it to its rightful position 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 features of its author's general philosophy.

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ISBN-13:
9780198250883
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Approaching the text1
1Clearing the ground3
2Circumstances and aim27
3Experimentalism and scepticism68
Pt. 2The argument119
IOf the different species of philosphy121
IIOf the origin of ideas129
IIIOf the association of ideas141
IVSceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding149
VSceptical solution of these doubts169
VIOf probability183
VIIOf the idea of necessary connexion190
VIIIOf liberty and necessity215
IXOf the reason of animals231
XOf miracles238
XIOf a particular providence and of a future state275
XIIOf the academical or sceptical philosophy296
Pt. 3Conclusion323
Hume's enlightenment tract325
Bibliography331
Index343

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