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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding/Abstract of A Treatise of Human Nature/Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh

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A landmark of Enlightenment thought, Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is accompanied here by two shorter works that shed light on it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh, Hume's response to those accusing him of atheism, of advocating extreme skepticism, and of undermining the foundations of morality; and his Abstract of A Treatise of Human
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Published October 15th 2010 by Hackett Publishing Co. (first published November 15th 1993)
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John Doe
Aug 25, 2013 John Doe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hume saw that experience did not provide a foundation for all human knowledge. Knowledge of causes are without an experience showing a real connection between two events. And, all of the sciences are based on the principle of induction, for which we lack a logical warrant. That is, if every bird I see is brown, then the next bird is see will be brown too. I have no reason to believe this, but common sense tells me that past experience is a good guide for making predictions about the future.

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Far as I understand it, there are limits to altruism. Just as there limits to what two people can have in common and what two people can speak of in public and what two people can speak of while operating motor vehicles.

I think Hume and I would have enjoyed shooting heroin together.
Brent McCulley
Dec 27, 2014 Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"All the philosophy, therefore, in the world, and all the religion, which is nothing but a species of philosophy, will never be able to carry us beyond the usual course of experience, or give us measures of conduct and behavior different from those which are furnished by reflections on common life. No new fact can ever be inferred from the religious hypotheses, no event forseen or foretold, no reward or punishment expected or dreaded, beyond what is already known by practice and observation" ...more
Sam Snideman
Jul 16, 2011 Sam Snideman rated it it was ok
I don't typically give up on books, especially philosophic texts. But Hume is quite onerous to read (or, at least, this particular set of works is onerous to read). Certainly, Hume has contributed much to philosophic thought, and everyone should be familiar with his ideas. But, as with many Enlightenment-era writers, the prose often leaves something to be desired. The point of philosophy is not always to demonstrate good writing, but absent an interesting presentation, it is often difficult to ...more
Enoch Kuo
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A "skeptic" in the true sense of the word, dedicated to the task of demolishing the arrogant pretensions of the many rationalist systems of his time. Here, Hume points out various holes in various central concepts of the developing modern philosophy - the notion of cause and effect, of liberty and necessity - noting the central role that non-rational factors, like custom, play in our lives.
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Of the philosophers I have had to read so far for my 896 exam, Hume is my favorite. He does what the best analytic philosophers do, which is to draw very radical conclusions in a very orthodox way. After reading this book, I am interested in learning more in particular about Hume's implications for contemporary philosophy of science.
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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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