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An enquiry concerning human understanding ; [with] A letter from a gentleman to his friend in Edinburgh ; [and] An abstract of a Treatise of human nature

By David Hume
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Oxford Philosophical Texts Series Editor: John Cottingham The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of authoritative teaching editions of canonical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world down to modern times. Each volume provides a clear, well laid out text together with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist, givingthe student detailed critical guidance on the intellectual context of the work and the structure and philosophical importance of the main arguments. Endnotes are supplied which provide further commentary on the arguments and explain unfamiliar references and terminology, and a full bibliography andindex are also included. The series aims to build up a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, which will form a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike. David Hume's aim in writing An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) was to introduce his philosophy to a European culture in which many educated people read original works of philosophy. He gives an elegant and accessible presentation of strikingly original and challenging views about thelimited powers of human understanding, the attractions of scepticism, the compatibility of free will and determinism, and weaknesses in the foundations of religion. Hume's philosophy was highly controversial in the eighteenth century and remains so today. The text printed in this edition is that of the Clarendon critical edition of Hume's works. A substantial introduction by the editor explains the intellectual background to the work and surveys its main themes. The volume also includes detailed explanatory notes on the text, a glossary of terms, afull list of references, and a section of supplementary readings.

Table of Contents
  • DAVID HUME
  • AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING.
    • Extracted from:
    • CONTENTS
    • SECTION 1.
      • OF THE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF PHILOSOPHY.
    • SECTION II
      • OF THE ORIGIN OF IDEAS.
    • SECTION III.
      • OF THE ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS.
    • SECTION IV.
      • SCEPTICAL DOUBTS CONCERNING THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNDERSTANDING.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
    • SECTION V.
      • SCEPTICAL SOLUTION OF THESE DOUBTS.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
    • SECTION VI
      • OF PROBABILITY9.
    • SECTION VII.
      • OF THE IDEA OF NECESSARY CONNEXION.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
    • SECTION VIII.
      • OF LIBERTY AND NECESSITY.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
    • SECTION IX.
      • OF THE REASON OF ANIMALS.
    • SECTION X
      • OF MIRACLES.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
    • SECTION XI.
      • OF A PARTICULAR PROVIDENCE AND OF A FUTURE STATE.
    • SECTION XII.
      • OF THE ACADEMICAL OR SCEPTICAL PHILOSOPHY.
        • PART I.
        • PART II.
        • PART III.
    • FOOTNOTES.
    • INDEX.
      • Abstraction
        • Academic
        • Action
        • Addition
        • Analogy
        • Animals
        • Antiquity
        • Appearances
        • A priori
        • Aristotle
        • Association
        • Atheism
        • Bacon
        • Belief
        • Berkeley
        • Bigotry
        • Body
        • Cause
        • Ceremonies
        • Chance
        • Cicero
        • Circle
        • Clarke
        • Colour
        • Contiguity
        • Contradiction
        • Contrariety
        • Contrary
        • Creation
        • Criticism
        • Cudworth
        • Custom
        • Definition
        • Demonstrative
        • Descartes
        • Design
        • Divisibility
        • Doubt
        • Epictetus
        • Epicurean
        • Euclid
        • Evidence
        • Evil
        • Existence
        • Ex nihilo nihil
        • Experience
        • Extension
        • Faith
        • Fiction
        • Future
        • General
        • Geography
        • Geometry
        • God
        • Golden
        • Gravity
        • Habit
        • History
        • Human
        • Ideas
        • Imagination
        • Impressions
        • Incest
        • Inconceivability
        • Inertia
        • Inference
        • Infinite
        • Instances
        • Instinct
        • Intuitive
        • La Bruyere
        • Liberty
        • Locke
        • Malebranche
        • Man
        • Marriage
        • Mathematics
        • Matter
        • Matter-of-fact
        • Metaphysics
        • Mind
        • Miracles.
        • Moral
        • Moral science
        • Motion
        • Nature
        • Necessary
        • Necessity
        • Negative
        • Newton
        • Nisus
        • Number
        • Occasional causes
        • Parallelism
        • Perception
        • Philosophy
        • Points
        • Power
        • Probability
        • Probable
        • Production
        • Promises
        • Proof
        • Providence
        • Punishment
        • Pyrrhonism
        • Qualities
        • Quantity
        • Real
        • Reality
        • Realism
        • Reason
        • Relations
        • Religion
        • Resemblance
        • Resistance
        • Scepticism
        • Sciences
        • Secret
        • Senses
        • Similarity
        • Solidity
        • Soul
        • Space
        • Species
        • Stoics
        • Superstition
        • Theology
        • Tillotson
        • Time
        • Truth
        • Understanding
        • Voluntariness
        • Whole
        • Will
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