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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding

David Hume
Edited by Tom L. Beauchamp

March 1999

ISBN: 9780198752486

304 pages

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Oxford Philosophical Texts

Price: £27.99



Tom Beauchamp presents a new edition, designed especially for the student reader, of An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, the classic work in which David Hume gave a general exposition of his philosophy to a broad educated readership. An authoritative new version of the text is preceded by a substantial introduction explaining the historical and intellectual background to the work and surveying its main themes. The volume also includes detailed explanatory notes on the text, a glossary of terms, and a section of supplementary readings.

  • Includes new editorial material specially written for the first-year student
  • The Enquiry is one of the most famous and widely-studied of all works of philosophy
  • New in the Oxford Philosophical Texts series

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introductory Material
    How to Use this Book
    List of Abbreviations
    Editor's Introduction
    1:Life and Early Publishing History
    2:Cultural and Intellectual Background
    3:Two General Features of Hume's Philosophy
    4:Philosophy of Mind
    7:Philosophy of Religion
    Supplementary Reading
    The Text Printed in this Edition
    Part 2: The Text
    An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
    1:Of the Different Species of Philosophy
    2:Of the Origin of Ideas
    3:Of the Association of Ideas
    4:Sceptical Doubts concerning the Operations of the Understanding
    5:Sceptical Solution of these Doubts
    6:Of Probability
    7:Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion
    8:Of Liberty and Necessity
    9:Of the Reason of Animals
    10:Of Miracles
    11:Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State
    12:Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy
    Part 3: Supplementary Material
    Annotations to the Enquiry


"Tom Beauchamp has produced two excellent editions, which will remain the standard editions of both Enquiries for years to come. An enormous amount of research has gone into this edition. . . Tom Beauchamp [has given] thirty years of devotion to the writings of Hume brought to . . . a splendid conclusion, . . . Beauchamp has attended to "the extreme Accuracy of Style" that Hume demanded and has produced reliable texts of the two enquires, edited to the highest standards." - O. M. Brack, Eighteenth-Century Scotland

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