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 history of philosophy. He

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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.

Product Details

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

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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