A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Mor (Abridged / Paperback)

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By David Hume, Ernest C. Mossner (Introduction by)
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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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David Hume (1711-76) devoted himself from early youth to 'philosophy and great learning'. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) was not well received on publication, but is now viewed as his masterpiece.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780140432442
ISBN-10: 0140432442
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 4th, 1986
Pages: 688
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics