Hume by David Hume
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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• Edited by Eric Steinberg.

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 Nature, which anticipates discussions developed in the Enquiry.

In his concise Introduction, Eric Steinberg explores the conditions that led Hume to write the Enquiry and the work's important relationship to Book I of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature.


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Published January 27, 2011 by Hackett Publishing Co.. 114 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He has written an insightful and authoritative assessment of Basil Hume's religious and political role, including his championing the cause of the wrongly convicted Maguire Seven and the Guildford Four, and his confronting the challenges of Catholicism's encounter with an increasingly secular Bri...

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The Independent

His knowledge of the church allows him to point out the tensions existing within a growing number of younger clergy whose views are far to the right of Cardinal Hume's.

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And second he argues that the defects of the purely perceptual model of cognition can be recognized from internal difficulties in Hume's own attempts to explain our knowledge of space, of causal connections, and of external objects even without explicit appeal to Kant although in agreement with K...

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Scottish Review of Books

The greatest of Irish Novels, published in the very year of Ireland’s achievement of independence, plays no part in this account of the development of the Irish novel (except for a brief concluding Appendix on ‘Joyce and Popular Fiction’) because Irish Novels is an effort to reclaim the work of t...

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