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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding David Hume Oxford University Press USA New Ed. edition


31st May 2012 History Books 0 Comments

`These new Oxford University Press editions have been meticulously collated from various exatant versions. Each text has an excellent introduction including an overview of Hume’s thought and an account of his life and times. Even the difficult, and rarely commented-on, chapters on space and time are elucidated. There are also useful notes on the text and glossary. These scholarly new editions are ideally adapted for a whole range of readers, from beginners to experts.’ Jane O’Grady, Catholic Herald, 4/8/00. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Library of Liberal Arts title. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

David Hume’s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. His arguments in support of reasoning from experience, and against the “sophistry and illusion”of religiously inspired philosophical fantasies, caused controversy in the eighteenth century and are strikingly relevant today, when faith and science continue to clash.
The Enquiry considers the origin and processes of human thought, reaching the stark conclusion that we can have no ultimate understanding of the physical world, or indeed our own minds. In either sphere we must depend on instinctive learning from experience, recognizing our animal nature and the limits of reason. Hume’s calm and open-minded skepticism thus aims to provide a new basis for science, liberating us from the “superstition” of false metaphysics and religion. His Enquiry remains one of the best introductions to the study of philosophy, and his edition places it in its historical and philosophical context.

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`These new Oxford University Press editions have been meticulously collated from various exatant versions. Each text has an excellent introduction including an overview of Hume’s thought and an account of his life and times. Even the difficult, and rarely commented-on, chapters on space and time are elucidated. There are also useful notes on the text and glossary. These scholarly new editions are ideally adapted for a whole range of readers, from beginners to experts.’ Jane O’Grady, Catholic Herald, 4/8/00. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Oxford World’s Classics)

Meditations on First Philosophy: In Which the Existence of God and the Distinction of the Soul from the Body Are Demonstrated

“The new version of Cress’s translation of Descartes’s Meditations has attained an unusually high degree of readability . . . and at the same time, of fidelity to the original.” Roger Ariew, University of South Florida, and Marjorie Grene (1910-2009), Virginia Polytechnic Institute –This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

Many other matters respecting the attributes of God and my own nature or mind remain for consideration; but I shall possibly on another occasion resume the investigation of these. Now my principal task is to endeavour to emerge from the state of doubt into which I have these last days fallen, and to see whether nothing certain can be known regarding material things.

Meditations on First Philosophy: In Which the Existence of God and the Distinction of the Soul from the Body Are Demonstrated










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