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Hume, David: A Treatise of Human Nature, v1, 31 Aug 2007.
“A Treatise of Human Nature is a book by Scottish enlightenment philosopher David Hume, published in 1739–1740.
Hume wrote A Treatise of Human Nature in France at the age of twenty-six. Although many scholars today consider the Treatise to be Hume's most important work and one of the most important books in the history of philosophy, the public in Britain did not at first agree. Hume himself described the (lack of) public reaction to the publication of the Treatise by writing that the book "fell dead-born from the press."
I have zipped up all 3 volumes, adding some pictures TOCs etc..
Book 1: "Of the Understanding"
Hume opens by arguing for empiricism: that we have no ideas that are not derived in some way from sense-experience or emotions. (Hence, we cannot have an idea of , say apples, without an experience of apples. And an idea of unicorns is a compound of horse plus horn). Then Hume examines the idea of causality; analyzing it as constant conjunction. Finally, scepticism is discussed.
Book 2: "Of the Passions"Hume discusses the origin of emotions..
Book 3: "Of Morals" Moral ideas, justice, obligations, benevolence.
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