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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding : Oxford Philosophical Texts - David Hume

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Oxford Philosophical Texts

By: David Hume, Tom Beauchamp (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780198752486
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

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`These new Oxford University Press editions have been meticulously collated from various exatant versions. Each text has an excellent introduction including an overview of Hume's thought and an account of his life and times. Even the difficult, and rarely commented-on, chapters on space and time are elucidated. There are also useful notes on the text and glossary. These scholarly new editions are ideally adapted for a whole range of readers, from beginners to experts.' Jane O'Grady, Catholic Herald, 4/8/00.

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 Glossary References Index

ISBN: 9780198752486
ISBN-10: 0198752482
Series: Oxford Philosophical Texts
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.44