Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding: And Other Writings

Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding: And Other Writings

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Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding: And Other Writings

The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the series. Each volume contains a critical introduction together with a guide to further reading and any necessary glossaries and textual apparatus. The volumes are designed for student use at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be of interest not only to students of philosophy but also to a wider audience of readers in the history of science, the history of theology, and the history of ideas.

David Hume's An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, first published in 1748, is a concise statement of Hume's central philosophical positions. It develops an account of human mental functioning which emphasizes the limits of human knowledge and the extent of our reliance on (non-rational) mental habits. It then applies that account to questions of free will and religious knowledge before closing with a defence of moderate scepticism. This volume, which presents a modified version of the definitive 1772 edition of the work, offers helpful annotations for the student reader, together with an introduction that sets this profoundly influential work in its philosophical and historical contexts. The volume also includes a selection of other works by Hume that throw light on both the circumstances of the work's genesis and its key themes and arguments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521604031
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     ix
Chronology     xxxii
Further reading     xxxv
Note on the text     xxxix
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding     1
Of the different species of philosophy     3
Of the origin of ideas     14
Of the association of ideas     19
Sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding     28
Sceptical solution of these doubts     41
Of probability     54
Of the idea of necessary connexion     57
Of liberty and necessity     73
Of the reason of animals     92
Of miracles     96
Of a particular providence and of a future state     117
Of the academical or sceptical philosophy     131
Other Writings     145
A Letter from a Gentleman to his Friend in Edinburgh     147
The Sceptic     163
Of Suicide     181
Of the Immortality of the Soul     190
Thumbnail biographies from The History of England     198
Selections from Hume's letters     203
My Own Life     215
Index     223

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