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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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  • File Size: 1382 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484861647
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TRB7CU
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Yes, it is the Treatise, but the editing is quite awful. The fonts were weird and large, and the footnotes were strangely double-spaced. There were also some randomly capitalized letters in the middle of words.
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There is no contents page or index, so searching for subsections is very difficult and inconvenient. All italicised text also appears in all capitals (LIKE THIS) which is a little annoying. But the book does contain the entirety of Hume's Treatise and is more portable than other editions.
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First published circa 1737, the book's original writing is a very interesting philosophical take on mankind at that time. However, I absolutely hate the format this publisher chose. It's over-sized width and poor layout serves absolutely no discernable purpose other than to be annoying to the reader. The layout creates very-wide paragraphs that span the full 8-inches of the page width and can be challenging to follow or back-read. Punctuation and layout editing it pretty-much non-existent. Pages have completely wasted space at the bottom unless you need to take notes (which I greatly prefer a side margin for that). I've heard there were similar problems when the book was originally published but I think a good editor could have cleaned it up with changing the content. Even a more narrow page could have helped. This wold have really kept the formatting from distracting from the material. I highly recommend finding a copy from a different publisher and see if you like it better than I did this one..
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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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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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Granted, this is the Treatise. However, I want to inform the students out there that you might want to go for the $1 version instead. The reason is that it is quite hard to cite this version due to its strange number of pages. If, like me, you are writing a paper on the Treatise, you will have to cite it by informing the reader of the book, chapter, section and paragraph. It would be easier to pay one dollar in order to merely cite the page of the Treatise. Other than that (and its tendency to print whole footnotes exactly where you don't want them, in the middle of a paragraph) it's a fine version.
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The antiquated style of writing and the rather flowery language make this somewhat stodgy, slow reading. Definitely not one for speed reading! You will find yourself re-reading paragraphs just to be able to grasp the message. Can be frustrating if you are not a student of academia. Philosophically educational no doubt, stimulating in parts, illuminating for its time, but this is definitely not a book for casual reading. It requires patience and a certain mood to be able to plough through this classic. So be warned or be yawned!
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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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