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Hume's two-volume treatise on human nature, with emphasis on morals an politics, features an introduction by A.D. Lindway.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Wildside Press (first published 1739)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Hume's treatise investigates all aspects of human nature starting in this volume with the origin and division of ideas. He also discusses issues of scepticism, knowledge, probability, and philisophical and other systems all affecting the individual identity...
Jon Norimann
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I was quite surprised reading David Humes Treatise on Human Nature. Apart from Humes brilliant refutation of 100% certainty based on observed facts most people including me know very little of Humes works. It turned out this book was mostly a book on the human mind its its interface with the world around it. Clearly a lot of Humes ideas are either over-simplified or dated. Apart from the mentioned anti induction proof the most interesting aspect of the book is how humans thought about the brain ...more
Håvard Bamle
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes from "A Treatise on Human Nature: Book One", edited by D.G.C. Macnabb, Fontana 1962.

Book I: Of the understanding

Introduction:
[40] All sciences have a relation, greater or wider, to human nature.
(Even mathematics, natural philosophy and natural religion are dependent on the science of man, since they lie under the cognizance of men, and are judged by their powers and faculties.)
[41] To find the center of the sciences is therefore to examine human nature, and by explaining the principles o
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Jeff
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you're ever in need of an entire treatise on human nature, this is the first one you should be reaching for. Hume treats both his subject matter and his reader with the delicate touch required when delivering a still born. And he's pretty funny. Not like Kant (nothing funny about that guy).
Nichomachus Nichomachus
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brilliant piece!
Kylie
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
My feelings on this one were going back and forth for awhile, but he ended by trying to quantify the feeling of love by saying we love what gives us pleasure and loathe what brings us pain. That is so far from true. It is way too easy to love what gives us pain. Maybe you can argue that those who do so actually get some pleasure from the pain, or the pleasure brought outweighs the pain, but I really don't think you can quantify it in philosophy, and it's a little arrogant to try.
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Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting viewpoints of the self and the ideas of what drives a human being.
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David Hume 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 greatest who has ever written in the English language." While Hume fa
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