An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

by David Hume


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An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (EPM) is a book by Scottish enlightenment philosopher David Hume. In it, Hume argues (among other things) that the foundations of morals lie with sentiment, not reason.

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals is the enquiry subsequent to the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (EHU). Thus, it is often referred to as "the second Enquiry". It was originally published in 1751, three years after the first Enquiry.[1] Hume first discusses ethics in A Treatise of Human Nature (in Book 3 - "Of Morals"). He later extracted and expounded upon the ideas he proposed there in his second Enquiry. In his short autobiographical work, My Own Life (1776), Hume states that his second Enquiry is "of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best."

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ISBN-13: 9780368694455
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 04/28/2019
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

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David Hume

Table of Contents

I.Of the Different Species of Philosophy1
II.Of the Origin of Ideas8
III.Of the Association of Ideas12
IV.Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding14
V.Sceptical Solution of These Doubts24
VI.Of Probability35
VII.Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion37
VIII.Of Liberty and Necessity50
IX.Of the Reason of Animals66
X.Of Miracles70
XI.Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State85
XII.Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy96

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