A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning Into Mor

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A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), David Hume’s comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature, is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. It is the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th-century western philosophy. The Treatise addresses many of the most fundamental philosophical issues: causation, existence, freedom and necessity, and morality. This is the only abridge edition of Hume's classic ...

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Overview

A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), David Hume’s comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature, is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. It is the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th-century western philosophy. The Treatise addresses many of the most fundamental philosophical issues: causation, existence, freedom and necessity, and morality. This is the only abridge edition of Hume's classic philosophy text.

A clear presentation, with wide margins for practical use by students including an extended Introduction, chronology of Hume's life and times, glossary, suggestions for further reading, a selection of critical responses and textual notes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140432442
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 500,256
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 1.24 (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

both at McGill University, Montreal

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Table of Contents

Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text

A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE Advertisement The Contents Introduction Book I: Of the Understanding Book II: Of the Passions Book III: Of Morals

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