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Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul with Remarks by the Editor to Which Are Added Two Letters on Suicide

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Published June 24th 2010 by Gale Ecco, Print Editions (first published 1775)
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“I believe that no man ever threw away life, while it was worth keeping”
He's such a brilliant debater, and his arguments against suicide being immoral are awesome--until the very end when in a frenzy of Enlightenment rationalism he goes so far as to claim that no one who has ever committed suicide was mistaken in doing so. That...not so much. Mental illness, Hume. It existed even in the Age of Reason.
Blai Felip
Un libro que tiene el encanto de la brevedad y de la aparente sencillez con que Hume argumenta las cosas. El opúsculo agrupa un conjunto de artículos que destacan por la claridad de pensamiento y por la sencillez y precisión con que utiliza el lenguaje. Ya se advierte en la introducción, y se puede apreciar en la lectura, que Hume era una persona especialmente dotada para la escritura.
Sin duda alguna, el escrito que trata sobre el suicidio es el más importante de todos y por ello no debe sorpren
Cliff Watt
Hume never lived to see the full
Impact this work had on society. His paper caused an outrage at the time and Humes publishers had to print retracted versions, versions with preferences which totally distanced themselves from the author and so on. And the more moral outrage about the heresy that hume had committed, the more the paper was in demand.
What Hume did, though neither his intention or desire, was to force society to separate suicide from theology enough to allow proper public discussion
Allison Boyer
This tiny book had a few good sections of Hume's thoughts on life in general. I like Penguin's Great Ideas mini books, they are all a nice tiny peek into a writers general ideas. Although Hume specifically had a pretty boring and commonplace reason to continue a life: hope for a better future.

عبارة عن خليط من براهين منطقية مبنية على افتراضات شخصية جدا، وبراهين مبنية على عقائد دينية مثل العناية الإلهية، وأخرى على مقارنات بين الإنسان والحيوان!

اختلط علي في غير مرة تعليقات المحرّر مع أفكار هيوم.. ربماأعود لقراءته مرّة أخرى.

John Yelverton
There is no one who loves to spout off his self-proclaimed intelligence more than David Hume. This book was an intellectual travesty as he gnarls the Bible, logic and even common sense to spout his support for suicide.
"หากชีวิตมิไดเปนของขาพเจา ยอมเปนอาชญากรรมหากทำใหมันตกอยูในอันตราย เชนเดียวกันการกำจัดมันทิง; (เชนนัน) ไมมีมนุษยผูใดสมควรแกสมญาวาวีรบุรุษ ผูซึงความรุงโรจนและมิตรภาพของเขาลำเลียงไปสูอันตรายอันใหญหลวงทีสุด ขณะทีผูอืน สมควรแกการประณามในฐานะผูตำชาและนอกรีต ผูปลิดชีพตนเอง ดวยแรงจูงใจทีเหมือนหรือคลายคลึงกัน "- David Hume ...more
Andrew Donnachie
"I believe that no man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping."
The quotation sets the theme for one of Hume's more provocative 'pensées' concerning meaning derivatives within the milieu of human experience. For a volatile subject about which few will speak with open clarity, this little gem makes for a close friend and confidant.
May 08, 2007 hweichyi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Given my dislike for philosophy, it is no surprise that, one year on, I am still reading this book. Crawling through the book on the train is a tricky business cos it attracts sideways glances and raised eyebrows. And in the wake of the London train bombings, it is not a good choice for rush-hour reading material.
Zhang Qingning
The man who justified suicide.
I have read a fair share of philosophical works but hit a block here. It was really tough reading, and I guess it went against my positive grain...but I will definitely challenge again. I don't think the cover helped put a good view on Hume from the start.
I expected something more but the essay is fine. The quote 'I believe that no man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping' looks very cynical outside of the context, but in the text it's used in a completely different way than it may seem.
Aug 27, 2007 Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves philosophy
So far I've read the essays that I'm able to understand, although I'm not educated in philosophy so I found some sections difficult to understand. However, from what I could understand from it, I enjoyed. Definitely worth picking up.
محمد الهاشمي
Struggled with understanding the point sometimes. But this has to be the most influential book about suicide ever was.
Read Hume's essays. Didn't see any need to read much of the other stuff.
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David Hume (/ˈhjuːm/; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism.

In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a philosopher "widely regarded as the greates
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