A Treatise of Human Nature

Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Mor

David Hume - Author

Ernest C. Mossner - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140432442 | 688 pages | 04 Feb 1986 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Hume's Treatise was published before he was thirty (after its publication in 1739-40 he wrote that it 'fell dead-born from the press'). It is nothing less than an attempt to extend the Copernican Revolution to philosophy - to put to the test of experience a complete system of the moral sciences which had hitherto gone unquestioned. But Hume was no rationalist: from his viewpoint of informed scepticism he could see man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite. With justice Sir Isaiah Berlin has written of him: 'No man has influenced the history of philosophy to a deeper or more disturbing degree.'
A Treatise of Human Nature

Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Contents
Book I: Of the Understanding
Book II: Of the Passions
Book III: Of Morals