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A Treatise of Human Nature [Kindle Edition]

David Hume
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"This is the best edition around, especially for its glossary, index and the inclusion of the 'Abstract.'"--Professor Forrest Williams, University of Colorado

"This is the best edition available with an excellent index and notes!" --George Aigla, St. Johns College

About the Author

David hume (1711-76) devoted himself from early youth to 'philosophy and great learning'. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) was not well received on publication, but is now viewed as his masterpiece. Ernest Campbell Mossner is the author of many books on Hume. He has received fellowships from Columbia, Guggenheim and Fulbright, and has held the post of Professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Texas.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479321729
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  • Language: English
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a simple review of a complex read August 24, 2013
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From simple impressions bring simple ideas whereas complex impressions bring about complex ideas. This was dense read that was a struggle to get through at times but very deep thought from David Hume and understandable why it is a corner stone of philosophic thought. Hume’s idea of taking ideas of one example of a person or object and then conveying that idea on similar persons or objects goes a long way to explain how we interact with the world as well as why we fall victim to racism. Hume’s discussion of Justice and Government are also very clear on why both are critical to a functioning society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sense Impressions Are All There Are May 9, 2011
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If Locke represents the rationally logical voice of the rationally logical 18th century, then Hume in his assertion that nothing can be stated of mind but impressions, sensations, and ideas, represents its demolition. Where Locke sees a solid inner self that connects all the dots in a clear manner, Hume sees objects that are no more than faint copies of previous sense impressions. If what we learn from our senses are not really linked in any meaningful way, then the entire Augustan apparatus of cause and effect is rendered null and void. Therefore, it does no good to visually observe phenomenon in the hopes of determining causality. One can argue, then, that Hume prepared the way for the replacement of the Age of Reason with the Age of Emotion.

An attack on the modernist praise of reason came from Scottish empiricist David Hume. In his A Treatise of Human Nature (1740), Hume depicts what he saw as the major weaknesses of rationalism. First, he noted that the world of nature--earth, wind, and fire--operated independently of man's use of reason. Second, he also questioned the rationalist claim that all human-derived actions could be deemed right or wrong. Third, he demanded proof that human nature is a constant, a claim of many rationalists. Fourth, he also denied the modernist insistence on the direct relation between a seeming cause and its equally seeming effect. Just because one event precedes another does not guarantee that the first caused the other. Hume even questioned whether all effects have causes. A seeming cause/effect link might hold true today but not necessarily tomorrow since the nature of today's cause/effect link may change over time; thus since tomorrow has not yet happened it would be premature to assume that today's link will be tomorrow's link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Causation ... what do we mean? June 10, 2012
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I read this work basically focusing upon Hume's famous theory of Cause & Effect. (To be read with 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding')
Despite the traditional philosophical ambiguities that accompany a critical interpretation of his work; it remains a 'must-read' for anyone serious about the grass roots validity of theory and experiment in Science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars February 17, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars January 1, 2015
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Great purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like David Hume January 2, 2014
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David Hume was a powerful thinker. Slow methodical study will yield some pleasurable moments in thought. David Hume is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic text June 22, 2013
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Hume raises all sorts of profound questions, some for the first time in anglo-American thought. He was seen as a completely negative philosopher for hundreds of years, but most scholars today see him as much more positive.
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Hume was a pretty good thinker and re enforces my own beliefs that his era, some 400 years ago had a few observers of human nature that equal our own today. He remains in my mind for many reasons, but outstanding, in my opinion was his comment "assume the worst of all polititians"...Philosophy writings do not appeal to many readers, but this one is worth giving it a try.
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