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A Treatise of Human Nature by [Hume, David]
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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 was an eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher, historian, and essayist, and the author of A Treatise of Human Nature, considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical works ever published.

Hume attended the University of Edinburgh at an early age and considered a career in law before deciding that the pursuit of knowledge was his true calling. Hume s writings on rationalism and empiricism, free will, determinism, and the existence of God would be enormously influential on contemporaries such as Adam Smith, as well as the philosophers like Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Popper, who succeeded him. Hume died in 1776.


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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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By K. Scott Sandefur on October 25, 2015
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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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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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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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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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I don't know if i can review the book in any detail here, the way Hume examines things is wonderful. He systematically works his way to a truth that he (and me as the reader) can accept to be true. However I have to stress this DO NOT BUY THIS COPY OF THIS BOOK the print is awful, the pages are huge and the general quality of the book is bad. Get a copy that is by another publisher.
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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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Hume is not my favorite (on presentation of theories), but his writing is great and he is brilliant. I am tempted to call him a sophist, but I am biased and I read it once carefully, and a second time that was not so thorough. So I will read it again before I judge, I may have missed things and declared my ignorance, Hume's sophistry.
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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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