An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume; E. Steinberg (ed.)

By David Hume; E. Steinberg (ed.)

• Edited through Eric Steinberg.

A landmark of Enlightenment notion, Hume's An Enquiry referring to Human Understanding is observed right here by means of shorter works that make clear it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His pal in Edinburgh, Hume's reaction to these accusing him of atheism, of advocating severe skepticism, and of undermining the rules of morality; and his summary of A Treatise of Human Nature, which anticipates discussions built within the Enquiry.

In his concise advent, Eric Steinberg explores the stipulations that led Hume to jot down the Enquiry and the work's very important courting to publication I of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature.

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Two Essays ("Of Suicide” and “Of the Immortality of the Soul") (1777) 13. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779) 14. The Letters of David Hume. T. Greig. 2 volumes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1932. 15. New Letters of David Hume. Edited by R. C. Mossner. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954. E. Jessop’s Bibliography of David Hume and of Scottish Philosophy from Francis Hutcheson to Lord Balfour, and Roland Hall’s Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: a Bibliographical Guide. The following are some of the more significant writings on Hume and the issues discussed in this volume.

The Life of David Hume. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970. 16. Norton, David Fate. David Hume: Common-Sense Moralist, Skeptical Metaphysician. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1982. 17. Noxon, James. Hume’s Philosophical Development. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973. 18. Passmore, John A. Hume’s Intentions. New York: Basic Books, 1968. 19. Pears, David. Hume’s System: An Examination of the First Book of His Treatise. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. 20. Penelhum, Terence. Hume.

On the contrary, the abstruse philosophy, being founded on a turn of mind, which cannot enter into business and action, vanishes when the philosopher leaves the shade, and comes into open day; nor can its principles easily retain any influence over our conduct and behaviour. The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian. This also must be confessed, that the most durable, as well as justest fame, has been acquired by the easy philosophy, and that abstract reasoners seem hitherto to have enjoyed only a momentary reputation, from the caprice or ignorance of their own age, but have not been able to support their renown with more equitable posterity.

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