A Treatise of Human Nature

A Treatise of Human Nature

Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Mor


Introduction by: Ernest C. Mossner

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140432442
  • 688 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One of the most significant works of Western philosophy, Hume’s Treatise was published in 1739-40, before he was thirty years old. A pinnacle of English empiricism, it is a comprehensive attempt to apply scientific methods of observation to a study of human nature, and a vigorous attack upon the principles of traditional metaphysical thought. With masterly eloquence, Hume denies the immortality of the soul and the reality of space; considers the manner in which we form concepts of identity, cause and effect; and speculates upon the nature of freedom, virtue and emotion. Opposed both to metaphysics and to rationalism, Hume’s philosophy of informed scepticism sees man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite.

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Table of Contents

A Treatise of Human Nature Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE
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The Contents
Introduction
Book I: Of the Understanding
Book II: Of the Passions
Book III: Of Morals

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