A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by David Hume

Influencing ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science, David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature remains unrivalled by perhaps any other works in philosophy. The Treatise is of interest, and not merely historical interest, to professional academic philosophers. It is remarkable that it can, and often does, also serve as one of the best introductions to philosophy-to what philosophers really do-for the novice.

The major topics that have dominated contemporary philosophy can nearly all be found in the Treatise, and in many cases they are the locus classicus for ensuing debates. Among these are the foundations of ethics, causation and induction, personal identity, skepticism and the external world, philosophical method, meaning and empiricism, and immortality.

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ISBN-13: 9781411428461
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 603,107
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

David Hume was born on April 26, 1711, and grew up in Ninewells and Edinburgh, Scotland. His widowed mother educated her "uncommonly wake-minded" son until he enrolled at age eleven at the University of Edinburgh, where he initially considered a career in law. At fifteen years old, he left the university to answer inner questions of theology and metaphysics. Among his friends were notables Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-78), Adam Smith (1723-90), and James Boswell (1740-95). After his death, others including Auguste Comte (1798-1857), Charles Darwin (1809-82), and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) admitted admiration for his writings.

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A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
S_A_Hamilton More than 1 year ago
Hume sets out rather brilliantly the problems of induction. It is a great read for those new to philosophy, it hits on virtually all philosophical cylinders and debunks them all as an absolute. Like existentialism, Humes skepticisms points its finger at humanities preconceived notions and challenges us to think critically upon everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific. It is the cheapest version of the treatise that I could find, but its great. However, it is fairly abstruse, and I don't recommend it for an inexperienced reader.
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Grumbles softly.
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Great read!
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Hume's Treatise of Human Nature is chronicled as a must-read for philosophers. It has such a gamut of philosophical quandries and relative understandings about the machinations of the human mind. The language used by this 18th century philosopher is a little difficult at times, though nothing too contrary to make it unreadable.