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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding

David Hume
Edited by Tom L. Beauchamp

Publication Date - May 1999

ISBN: 9780198752486

304 pages

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The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of truly practical and accessible guides to major philosophical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world up to modern times. Each book opens with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist which covers the philosopher's life, work, and influence. Endnotes, a full bibliography, guides to further reading, and an index are also included. The series aims to build a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, forming a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike.
Now one of the most widely read works in philosophy, David Hume's An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) introduced his philosophy to a broad educated readership. In it he gives an elegant an accessible presentation of strikingly original and challenging views about the limited powers of human understanding, the attractions of skepticism, the compatibility of free will and determinism, and weaknesses in the foundations of religion. In this volume, an authoritative new version of the text is enhanced by detailed explanatory notes, a glossary of terms, a full list of references, and a section of supplementary readings.

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
    5. Epistemology
    6. Metaphysics
    7. Philosophy of Religion
    8. Scepticism
    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