Hume's Treatise was published before he was thirty (after its publication in 1739-40 he wrote that it 'fell dead-born from the press'). It is nothing less than an attempt to extend the Copernican Revolution to philosophy - to put to the test of experience a complete system of the moral sciences which had hitherto gone unquestioned. But Hume was no rationalist: from his viewpoint of informed scepticism he could see man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite. With justice Sir Isaiah Berlin has written of him: 'No man has influenced the history of philosophy to a deeper or more disturbing degree.'
About The Author
David Hume (1711 - 1776) was a philosopher who wrote A Treatise of Human Nature and considered the nature of religion. JM Bell is Professor of Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of the Department of Politics and Philosophy.
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st April 1986
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48