An Enquiry Concerning the Human Understanding/An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

An Enquiry Concerning the Human Understanding/An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

David Hume / Jun 02, 2020

An Enquiry Concerning the Human Understanding An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of the origi

  • Title: An Enquiry Concerning the Human Understanding/An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
  • Author: David Hume
  • ISBN: 9781173103415
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
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      • David Hume

        David Hume hju m 7 May 1711 NS 26 April 1711 OS 25 August 1776 was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism.In light of Hume s central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a philosopher widely regarded as the greatest who has ever written in the English language While Hume failed in his attempts to start a university career, he took part in various diplomatic and military missions of the time He wrote The History of England which became a bestseller, and it became the standard history of England in its day.His empirical approach places him with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others at the time as a British Empiricist.Beginning with his A Treatise of Human Nature 1739 , Hume strove to create a total naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature In opposition to the rationalists who preceded him, most notably Ren Descartes, he concluded that desire rather than reason governed human behaviour He also argued against the existence of innate ideas, concluding that humans have knowledge only of things they directly experience He argued that inductive reasoning and therefore causality cannot be justified rationally Our assumptions in favour of these result from custom and constant conjunction rather than logic He concluded that humans have no actual conception of the self, only of a bundle of sensations associated with the self.Hume s compatibilist theory of free will proved extremely influential on subsequent moral philosophy He was also a sentimentalist who held that ethics are based on feelings rather than abstract moral principles, and expounded the is ought problem.Hume has proved extremely influential on subsequent western philosophy, especially on utilitarianism, logical positivism, William James, the philosophy of science, early analytic philosophy, cognitive philosophy, theology and other movements and thinkers In addition, according to philosopher Jerry Fodor, Hume s Treatise is the founding document of cognitive science Hume engaged with contemporary intellectual luminaries such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, James Boswell, and Adam Smith who acknowledged Hume s influence on his economics and political philosophy Immanuel Kant credited Hume with awakening him from dogmatic slumbers.


    770 Comments

    1. Reviewed in two halves: Enquiry Concerning the Human UnderstandingEnquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals I thought this edition was quite nice, and if you appreciate footnotes in Latin and Greek you will no doubt like it even more than I did.


    2. Empiricism in its purest distillation may be anathema to human nature, but the questions Hume raises regarding our ability to understand – and our claim to have knowledge of – absolute certainties, nevertheless form a basis why we seek to understand, and ultimately why we choose to believe we understand. Hume’s Dilemma has no answer, but its inherent contradiction does suggest the shortcomings of everything we claim to know – and in that sense, represents the most basic thing we may most [...]


    3. A really good read! There were moments where Hume would repeat himself a tad too much and he might have had some faulty logic with some of his ideas, but he's definitely entertaining (in that nerdy philosopher sort of way). If I could do an entire paper on this book without struggling, I know he must have done something right.


    4. If you only read a small portion of Hume, I recommend his essays ‘On Liberty and Necessity’, and ‘On Miracles’,—also, his first book in The Treatise on Human Nature. Reading more won’t hurt, but those are the immediately useful writings where he made a unique and lasting contribution to the questions we continue to ponder on God and causality.


    5. I find Hume to be one of the easiest philosophers to read and comprehend. This does, however, make him one of the easiest for me to find slight problems with; this does not, however, make him one of the most incorrect philosophers that I have read.I think that Hume's problem is his adherence to Pyrrhonian skepticism. Crash course in one sentence: Pyrrhonian skeptics hold that we are to be in a state of perpetual inquiry toward the truth, and that we will likely never actually finish our quest. H [...]


    6. reading again, it's been perhaps three years since i first read this and i'll have to say that the content matures within you. revisiting any of hume's texts is a very good idea you often see how the concepts connect and apply to the progression of your life experience and perception but that's speakig broadly what do you think?


    7. Hume is very easy to read, at least for me, and that made him one of the easiest philosophers for me to discuss in class. Whether I agree with him or not (I still have issues with his reliance on what is popular), I always enjoy picking him up and reading his views.


    8. One of the most concise and easily understood complete works ever conceived. The British Empiricist mind is well structured and seeks at all times to include arguments that are persuasive and logical. A new favorite


    9. Hume is a deceptively profound thinker. He writes with grace and ease, and even has a waspish sense of humour to boot.


    10. An amazingly clear thinker. Added the reality concept of probability to philosophy and destroyed it forever.


    11. This would be a great book were it not for the small but fatal fact that Hume's philosophy is entirely false.


    12. Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume (1975)






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