One of the most significant works of Western philosophy, Hume’s Treatise was published in 1739-40, before he was thirty years old. A pinnacle of English empiricism, it is a comprehensive attempt to apply scientific methods of observation to a study of human nature, and a vigorous attack upon the principles of traditional metaphysical thought. With masterly eloquence, Hume denies the immortality of the soul and the reality of space; considers the manner in which we form concepts of identity, cause and effect; and speculates upon the nature of freedom, virtue and emotion. Opposed both to metaphysics and to rationalism, Hume’s philosophy of informed scepticism sees man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite.
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Table Of Contents
A Treatise of Human Nature Introduction Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text
A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE Advertisement The Contents Introduction Book I: Of the Understanding Book II: Of the Passions Book III: Of Morals
About David Hume
David Hume was born in Edinburgh in 1711, and by his death in 1776 had become one of Britain’s greatest men of letters, equal in stature to Voltaire and Rousseau and described by Boswell as ‘the greatest Writer in Brittain’…. More about David Hume
Published by Penguin Classics Feb 04, 1986| 688 Pages| ISBN 9780140432442