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Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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ISBN-10: 0199211582

ISBN-13: 9780199211586

Edition: 2007

Authors: David Hume, Peter Millican

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David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. His arguments in support of reasoning from experience, and against the "sophistry and illusion"of religiously inspired philosophical fantasies, caused controversy in the eighteenth century and are strikingly relevant today, when faith and science continue to clash. The Enquiry considers the origin and processes of human thought, reaching the stark conclusion that we can have no ultimate understanding of the physical world, or indeed our own minds. In either sphere we must depend on instinctive learning from experience, recognizing our animal nature and the limits of reason. Hume's calm and open-minded skepticism thus aims to provide a new basis for science, liberating us from the "superstition" of false metaphysics and religion. His Enquiry remains one of the best introductions to the study of philosophy, and his edition places it in its historical and philosophical context.
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

An enquiry concerning human understanding
Of the different species of philosophy
Of the origin of ideas
Of the association of ideas
Sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding
Sceptical solution of these doubts
Of probability
Of the idea of necessary connexion
Of liberty and necessity
Of the reason of animals
Of miracles
Of a particular providence and of a future state
Of the academical or sceptical philosophy
Hume's endnotes
Abstract of A treatise of human nature (1740)
'Of the immortality of the soul' (printed 1755)
Excerpts from parts I and II of the Dialogues concerning natural religion (1779)
Excerpts from Hume's letters
'My own life'