Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume
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Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
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Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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'Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.' Thus ends David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. His arguments in support of reasoning from experience, and against the 'sophistry and illusion' of religiously inspired philosophical fantasies, caused controversy in the eighteenth century and are strikingly relevant today, when faith and science continue to clash. The Enquiry considers the origin and processes of human thought, reaching the stark conclusion that we can have no ultimate understanding of the physical world, or indeed our own minds. In either sphere we must depend on instinctive learning from experience, recognizing our animal nature and the limits of reason. Hume's calm and open-minded scepticism thus aims to provide a new basis for science, liberating us from the 'superstition' of false metaphysics and religion. His Enquiry remains one of the best introductions to the study of philosophy, and this edition places it in its historical and philosophical context. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199549900
ISBN-10: 0199549907
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author David Hume

Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Paperback (February 2015)

Presents the thesis of a thinker who was a scientist, psychologist, metaphysician, and skeptic. The product of both youthful fire and mature consideration, this title contains everything of Consequence relating to the understanding. It endeavors to be nothing less than the construction of an anatomy of human nature.

Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume Treatise of Human Nature, Paperback (February 2015)

Influencing ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science, this work in philosophy is of interest to professional academic philosophers. It also serves as one of the best introductions to philosophy - to what philosophers really do - for the novice.

Essays and Treatises on Philosophical Subjects by David Hume Essays and Treatises on Philosophical Subjects, Paperback (May 2013)

This is the first edition in over a century to present David Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, "Dissertation on the Passions," Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Natural History of Religion in the format he intended: collected together in a single volume.

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Author Biography - David Hume

Peter Millican is founder and director of the Leeds Electronic Text Centre and editor of the journal Hume Studies. He recently edited Reading Hume on Human Understanding (OUP, 2002).

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