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Overview

"Nothing is more curiously enquired after . . . than the causes of every phenomenon. . . . [We] push on our enquiries, till we arrive at the original and ultimate principle. . . . This is our aim in all our studies and reflections."

These words sum up David Hume's plan: To discover the fundamental principles at work in the nature and extent of human knowledge, and in so doing to gain a clearer understanding of our perception, ideas (e.g. of cause and effect), impressions, beliefs, passions, virtues, and vices. Hume's piercing critique and relentless analysis make this truly one of the most influential works of the Early Modern period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879757434
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 639
  • Sales rank: 818,133
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

David Norton is Macdonald Professor of Moral Philosophy and Co-director of the Hume Society/National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on the Philosophy of David Hume.

Mary J. Norton is an independent scholar

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Table of Contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL
How to Use this Book List of Abbreviations Editor's Introduction Hume's Early years and Education A Treatise of Human Nature Book 1: Of the Understanding Book 1 part 1: The Elements of the Mental World Book 1 Part 2: The Ideas of Space and Time Book 1 Part 3: Knowledge, Probability, Belief, and Causation Book 1 Part 4: Forms of Scepticism Book 2: Of the passions Book 2 Part 1: The Indirect Passions of Pride and Humility Book 2 Part 2: The Indirect Passions of Love and Hatred Book 2 part 3: The Direct Passions and the Will Book 3: Of Morals Book 3 Part 1: The Source of Moral Distinctions Book 3 Part 2: The Artificial Virtues Book 3 Part 3: Natural Virtues and Natural Abilities The Abstract and the Early Reception of the Treatise Supplementary Reading A Note on the Texts of this Edition
PART 2: THE TEXT
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Book 1: Of the Understanding
Part 1: Of ideas, their origin, composition, connexion, abstraction, etc.
Sect. 1: Of the origin of our ideas Sect. 2: Division of the subject Sect. 3: Of the ideas of the memory and imagination Sect. 4: Of the connexion of association of ideas Sect. 5. Of relations Sect. 6 Of modes and substances Sect. 7: Of abstract ideas
Part 2: Of ideas of space and time
Sect. 1: Of the infinite divisibility of our ideas of space and time Sect. 2: Of the infinite divisibility of space and time Sect. 3. Of the other qualities of our ideas of space and time Sect. 4. Objections answered Sect. 5: The same subject continued Sect. 6: Of the idea of existence and of external existence
Part 3: of knowledge and probability
Sect. 1: Of knowledge Sect. 2. Of probability; and of the idea of cause and effect Sect. 3: Why a cause is always necessary Sect. 4: Of the component parts of our reasonings concerning cause and effect Sect. 5: Of the impressions of the senses and memory Section. 6: Of the inference from the impression to the idea Sect. 7: Of the nature of the idea or belief Sect. 8: Of the causes of belief Sect. 9: Of the effects of other relations and other habits Sect 10. Of the influence of belief Sect. 11: Of the probability of chances Sect. 12: Of the probability of causes Sect. 13: Of unphilosophical probability Sect. 14: Of the idea of necessary connexion Sect. 15: Rules by which to judge of causes and effects Sect. 16: Of the reason of animals
Part 4: Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy
Sect. 1: Of scepticism with regard to reason Sect. 2: Of scepticism with regard to the senses Sect. 3. Of the ancient philosophy Sect 4. Of the modern philosophy Sect. 5: Of the immateriality of the soul Sect. 6: Of personal identity Sect. 7: Conclusion of this book
Book 2: Of the Passions
Part 1: Of pride and humility
Sect. 1: Division of the subject Sect. 2: Of pride and humility; their objects and causes Sect. 3: Whence these objects and causes are derived Sect. 4: Of the relations of impressions and ideas Sect. 5: Of the influence of these relations on pride and humility Sect. 6: Limitations of this system Sect. 7: Of vice and virtue Sect. 8: Of beauty and deformity Sect. 9: Of external advantages and disadvantages Sect. 10: Of property and riches Sect. 11: Of the love of fame Sect. 12: Of the pride and humility of animals
Part 2: Of love and hatred
Sect. 1: Of the objects and causes of love and hatred Sect. 2: Experiments to confirm this system Sect. 3: Difficulties solved Sect. 4: Of the love of relations Sect. 5: Of our esteem for the rich and powerful Sect 6: Of benevolence and anger Sect. 7: Of compassion Sect. 8: Of malice and envy Sect. 9: Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice Sect. 10. Of respect and contempt Sect. 11: Of the amorous passion, or love betwixt the sexes Sect. 12: Of the love and hatred of animals
Part 3: Of the will and direct passions
Sect. 1: Of liberty and necessity Sect. 2: The same subject continued Sect. 3: Of the influencing motives of the will Sect. 4: Of the causes of the violent passions Sect. 5: Of the effects of custom Sect. Of the influence of the imagination on passions Sect. 7: Of contiguity and distance in space and time Sect. 8: The same subject continued Sect. 9: Of the direct passions Sect. 10: Of curiosity, or the love of truth
Book 3: Of Morals
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Part 1: Of virtue and vice in general
Sect. 1: Moral distinctions not derived from reason Sect. 2: Moral distinctions derived from a moral sense
Part 2: Of justice and injustice
Sect. 1: Justice, whether a natural or artificial virtue?
Sect. 2: Of the origin of justice and property Sect. 3: Of the rules, which determine property Sect. 4: Of the transference of property by consent Sect. 5: Of the obligation of promises Sect. 6: Some farther reflections concerning justice and injustice Sect. 7: Of the origin of government Sect. 8: Of the source of allegiance Sect. 9: Of the measures of allegiance Sect. 10: Of the objects of allegiance Sect. 11: Of the laws of nations Sect. 12: Of chastity and modesty
Part 3: Of the other virtues and vices
Sect. 1: Of the origin of the natural virtues and vices Sect. 2: Of greatness of mind Sect. 3. Of goodness and benevolence Sect. 4: Of natural abilities Sect. 5: Some farther reflections concerning the natural virtues Sect. 6: Conclusion of this book
Appendix
An Abstract of ... A Treatise of Human Nature
PART 3 SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL
Editors' Annotations
Annotations to the Treatise
Annotations to the Abstract
Glossary References Index

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