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An enquiry concerning human understanding : a critical edition

Author: David Hume; Tom L Beauchamp
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"Originally written as a collection of essays centred on human understanding and the principles of human nature, the first Enquiry is in some respects the quintessential Enlightenment book. It incorporates a confidence in science, a daring attempt at new discoveries about the human mind, an opposition to superstition and fanaticism, an emphasis on human nature, a restrained scepticism about traditional views of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: ((An)) enquiry concerning human understanding
Early works to 1800
Named Person: David Hume
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Hume; Tom L Beauchamp
ISBN: 0198250606 9780198250609 9780199266340 0199266344
OCLC Number: 43757525
Description: cvii, 344 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Of the Different Species of Philosophy --
Of the Origin of Ideas --
Of the Association of Ideas --
Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding --
Sceptical Solution of These Doubts --
Of Probability --
Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion --
Of Liberty and Necessity --
Of the Reason of Animals --
Of Miracles --
Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State --
Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy.
Other Titles: Philosophical essays concerning human understanding
Responsibility: David Hume ; edited by Tom L. Beauchamp.
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David Hume (1711-1776) is one of the greatest of philosophers. This work is accompanied by introduction, annotation, glossary, biographical sketches, bibliographies, and indexes.  Read more...

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Tom Beauchamp has produced two excellent editions, which will remain the standard editions of both Enquiries for years to come. An enormous amount of research has gone into this edition. . . Tom Read more...

 
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