An enquiry concerning human understanding, and selections from A treatise of human nature [electronic resource] / with Hume's autobiography and a letter from Adam Smith.

Hume, David, 1711-1776 [Browse]
Chicago : Open Court Pub. Co., 1912.
xxv, [3], 267 p. ; 20 cm.


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"The present volume is the second of the series of Philosophical Classics which The Open Court Publishing Company purposes issuing in cheap form for the convenience and instruction of the general reading public. It is an unannotated reprint, merely, of the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, made from the posthumous edition of 1777, together with Hume's charming autobiography and the eulogistic letter of Adam Smith, usually prefixed to the History of England. These additions, with the portrait by Ramsay, which forms the frontispiece to the volume, render the picture of Hume's life complete, and leave but a word to be said concerning his philosophical importance. To this reprint of Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding has been added a supplement containing selections from his earlier and longer philosophical work, the Treatise on Human Understanding, referred to in the "Author's Advertisement" to the Enquiry (page XXVIII., this edition). In spite of Hume's deprecatory reference to the Treatise, it remains the completest expression of his philosophical doctrine. The selected portions of the Treatise comprise (1) certain sections on causality which amplify the causal doctrine of the Enquiry and may profitably be read after Section VII. of the latter work; and (2) those sections which embody the essential features of Hume's constructive philosophy, his conception of matter and of self of spirit. Nothing in the Enquiry, with the exception of a' few paragraphs of Section XII, corresponds to these sections of the Treatise. They should be read before, or in place of, the comparatively irrelevant sections, IX-XI, of the Enquiry"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2012. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
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