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A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of by David Hume

By David Hume

Advent by way of Michael P. Levine.

Influencing ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of technology, David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature continues to be unrivalled via maybe the other works in philosophy. The Treatise is of curiosity, and never only ancient curiosity, to specialist educational philosophers. it really is impressive that it may well, and sometimes does, additionally function the best introductions to philosophy-to what philosophers particularly do-for the novice.

The significant themes that experience ruled modern philosophy can approximately all be present in the Treatise, and in lots of instances they're the locus classicus for resulting debates. between those are the rules of ethics, causation and induction, own identification, skepticism and the exterior international, philosophical technique, that means and empiricism, and immortality.

David Hume was once born on April 26, 1711, and grew up in Ninewells and Edinburgh, Scotland. His widowed mom knowledgeable her "uncommonly wake-minded" son till he enrolled at age 11 on the collage of Edinburgh, the place he before everything thought of a occupation in legislation. At fifteen years outdated, he left the collage to respond to internal questions of theology and metaphysics. between his buddies have been notables Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-78), Adam Smith (1723-90), and James Boswell (1740-95). After his dying, others together with Auguste Comte (1798-1857), Charles Darwin (1809-82), and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) admitted admiration for his writings.

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He claims that the distinction he draws between is and ought (fact and value) has been surreptitiously and repeatedly ignored in the history of ethics, with the result that the foundations, justification, and nature of ethics has never been properly and adequately accounted for. He says: In every system of morality . . the author proceeds for some time in the ordinary way of reasoning, and establishes the being of a God, or makes observations concerning human affairs; when of a sudden I am surprized to find, that instead of the usual copulations of propositions, is, and is not, I meet with no proposition that is not connected with an ought, or an ought not.

Tis impossible to tell what changes and improvements we might make in these sciences were we thoroughly acquainted with the extent and force of human understanding, and could explain the nature of the ideas we employ, and of the operations we perform in our reasonings. And these improvements are the more to be hoped for in natural religion, as it is not content with instructing us in the nature of superior powers, but carries its views farther, to their disposition towards us, and our duties towards them; and consequently we ourselves are not only the beings, that reason, but also one of the objects, concerning which we reason.

Of personal identity. SECTION VII. Conclusion of this book. BOOK II - OF THE PASSIONS PART I - OF PRIDE AND HUMILITY SECTION I. Division of the Subject. SECTION II. Of pride and humility; their objects and causes. SECTION III. Whence these objects and causes are derived. SECTION IV. Of the relations of impressions and ideas. SECTION V. Of the influence of these relations on pride and humility. SECTION VI. Limitations of this system. SECTION VII. Of vice and virtue. SECTION VIII. Of beauty and deformity.

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