A Treatise of Human Nature by David HumeA Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), David Humes comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature, is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. It is also the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th-century philosophy. The Treatise first explains how we form such concepts as cause and effect, external existence, and personal identity, and to form compelling but unconfirmable beliefs in the entities represented by these concepts. It then offers a novel account of the passions, explains freedom and necessity as they apply to human choices and actions, and concludes with detailed explanations of how we distinguish between virtue and vice and of the different kinds of virtue. Humes Abstract of the Treatise, also included in the volume, outlines his chief argument regarding our conception of, and belief in, cause and effect. The texts printed in this volume are those of the critical edition of Humes philosophical works now being published by the Clarendon Press. The volume includes a substantial introduction explaining the aims of the Treatise as a whole and of each of its ten parts, extensive annotations, a glossary of terms, a comprehensive index, and suggestions for further reading.
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T he career of the Scottish philosopher David Hume is a parable of the writing life that speaks with eloquence about the strange and inexplicable progress of ideas in the marketplace of free debate. His career, moreover, is one that runs almost to the day he died, in , just after the outbreak of the American revolution. Hume was born and educated in Edinburgh, the son of a successful lawyer, and acquired a fierce appetite for philosophy at a precociously young age. After a mental breakdown as a student, and despite limited personal means, he spent three years of private study in France. Thereafter, he worked for four years on A Treatise of Human Nature. Hume completed Treatise in , aged 28, and published it anonymously in two volumes the following year.
Selby-Bigge edition of Of the origin of our ideas. Division of the subject. Of the ideas of the memory and imagination. Of the connexion or association of ideas.