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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.
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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461180198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461180197
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are in 1748, Hume is defending the hypothesis that even when humans experience cause/effect our conclusions are NOT based on reasoning or understanding. What a STUPID species! Wait a second… there is a bit of hope. Given any text/article/book, he recommends two tests: a) does it contain abstract reasoning over quantity or numbers? b) does it contain any experimental reasoning over matter of fact? If NO for both, then burn the damn thing! Enlightening + delighting book.
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They say that your undergraduate is about understanding how philosophers think, and not how you can contribute to the philosophy field. I feel as though this book gives you a great foundation on the basis of Empiricism, and can lead to other modern thinkers. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable and classic read.
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I recently read Outlines of Scepticism by Sextus Empiricus in order to gain a better understanding of the origins of modern skepticism. When I read Hume it felt like I was reading a direct sequel to Sextus' classic (written around 200 AD). Hume has some harsh words about "superstition" but overall here he is more concerned with exploring "how we know things" rather than debunking any particular mythology or religion. If you want to challenge your own thought-life give Hume a try. As others have stated, this book is quite accessible.
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As a former philosophy major I remember reading this book 40 years ago. It was so well written that a reordered it and was not surprised that he won the Nobel prize in for this book in literature. But more importantly is that it truly revolutionized the field of philosophy and the especially philosophy of science.
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Hume's philosophical thought presented in Hume's incredibly clear and precise prose style. What's to enjoy more?

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Despite coming after Newton, David Hume was grotesquely ignorant of how Induction worked. Anyone who doubts that should read this book. Hume thoroughly misunderstands the scientific method and goes completely astray. Only the anti=Reason neo-Marxists could have elevated Hume to a high status.
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Great book, wonderful classic, formatted well for the Kindle. No misspellings or punctuation errors, and highly enjoyable read. The read aloud function works great!
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Hume approached many areas -- morals, politics, religion, etc. -- with a unique and refreshing perspective. You will enjoy his way of thought.
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