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David Hume (1) (1711–1776)

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David Hume was born in Edinburgh to a minor Scottish noble family, raised at the estate of Ninewells, and attended the University of Edinburgh for two years until he was 15. Although his family wished him to study law, he found himself unsuited to this. He studied at home, tried business briefly, näytä lisää and after receiving a small inheritance traveled to France, settling at La Fleche, where Descartes had gone to school. There he completed his first and major philosophical work, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739--40), published in three volumes. Hume claimed on the title page that he was introducing the experimental method of reasoning into moral subjects, and further that he was offering a new way of seeing the limits of human knowledge. Although his work was largely ignored, Hume gained from it a reputation as a philosophical skeptic and an opponent of traditional religion. (In later years he was called "the great infidel.") This reputation led to his being rejected for professorships at both Edinburgh and Glasgow. To earn his living he served variously as the secretary to General St. Clair, as the attendant to the mad Marquis of Annandale, and as the keeper of the Advocates Library in Edinburgh. While holding these positions, he wrote and published a new version of his philosophy, the two Enquiries, and many essays on social, political, moral, and literary subjects. He also began his six-volume History of England from the Roman Invasion to the Glorious Revolution (1754--62), the work that made him most famous in his lifetime. Hume retired from public life and settled in Edinburgh, where he was the leading figure in Scottish letters and a good friend to many of the leading intellectuals of the time, including Adam Smith and Benjamin Franklin. During this period, he completed the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, which he had been working on for more than 25 years. Hume first worked on the Dialogues in the middle of his career, but put them aside as too provocative. In his last years he finished them and they were published posthumously in 1779. They are probably his best literary effort and have been the basis for continuous discussion and debate among philosophers of religion. Toward the end of Hume's life, his philosophical work began to be taken seriously, and the skeptical problems he had raised were tackled by philosophers in Scotland, France, and finally Germany, where Kant claimed that Hume had awakened him from his dogmatic slumbers. Hume was one of the most influential philosophers of modern times, both as a positive force on skeptical and empirical thinkers and as a philosopher to be refuted by others. Interpreters are still arguing about whether he should be seen as a complete skeptic, a partial skeptic, a precursor of logical positivism, or even a secret believer. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

A Treatise of Human Nature (1739) 2,835 kappaletta
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779) — Tekijä — 2,007 kappaletta
Esseitä (1985) 438 kappaletta
History of England (6 volumes) (1754) 305 kappaletta
On Suicide (2005) 212 kappaletta
The Natural History of Religion (1957) 181 kappaletta
The History of England (Volume I) (1762) 153 kappaletta
Hume Selections (1927) 145 kappaletta
Hume: Political Essays (1953) 116 kappaletta
Moral and Political Philosophy (1948) 102 kappaletta
The History of England (Volume V) (1754) 91 kappaletta
Hume on Religion (1963) 51 kappaletta
Political Writings (1994) 48 kappaletta
The philosophy of David Hume (1963) 42 kappaletta
Moral Philosophy (2006) 37 kappaletta
Writings on Economics (1955) 37 kappaletta
The essential David Hume (1969) 34 kappaletta
Essays (1963) 33 kappaletta
Of Miracles (Open Court classics) (1985) 31 kappaletta
Essential Works of David Hume (1965) 26 kappaletta
L'entendement (1995) 19 kappaletta
Del conocimiento (1984) 16 kappaletta
New Letters of David Hume (1954) 15 kappaletta
La morale (1997) 14 kappaletta
Hume (1996) 14 kappaletta
Obras econômicas (1996) 13 kappaletta
My Own Life (1997) 13 kappaletta
The letters of David Hume (1983) 11 kappaletta
David Hume: 21 Works (2014) 11 kappaletta
De uitgelezen Hume (2004) 11 kappaletta
La regola del gusto (1946) 9 kappaletta
Os Pensadores - Hume 9 kappaletta
Four dissertations (1757) 9 kappaletta
Hume vida e obra (2000) 8 kappaletta
Om det mänskliga förståndet (1738) 8 kappaletta
Hume - Os Pensadores (2005) 8 kappaletta
Ricerca sull'intelletto umano (2009) 8 kappaletta
Essais esthétiques (2000) 7 kappaletta
Etiske skrifter (1993) 6 kappaletta
Discorsi politici (1959) 5 kappaletta
Estetisk teori : en antologi (2008) 5 kappaletta
Ma vie (2000) 5 kappaletta
Political Discourses (2009) 4 kappaletta
Réflexions sur les passions (1990) 4 kappaletta
The David Hume Collection (2014) 4 kappaletta
Din üstüne (2013) 4 kappaletta
Opere filosofiche. Vol. IV (1987) 4 kappaletta
De mi propia vida (2014) 4 kappaletta
David Hume (2017) 3 kappaletta
Hume: Theory of Politics (1951) 3 kappaletta
Natura umana e conoscenza (1984) 3 kappaletta
Opere (1971) 3 kappaletta
Well-temper'd Eloquence (1996) 3 kappaletta
Of Tragedy (1990) 3 kappaletta
Hume (2000) 2 kappaletta
Of the Original Contract (2016) 2 kappaletta
Scritti morali (1970) 2 kappaletta
A proposito di Rousseau (2017) 2 kappaletta
Of the Liberty of the Press (2015) 2 kappaletta
Essais sur l'art et le goût (2010) 2 kappaletta
Works of David Hume (2008) 2 kappaletta
David Hume összes esszéi (1992) 2 kappaletta
David Hume (2014) 2 kappaletta
Hume on Religion (1964) 2 kappaletta
Translation (1991) 1 kappale
On Religion 1 kappale
Hume's Political Discourses (2019) 1 kappale
Obras 1 kappale
Eseje pozostałe (2020) 1 kappale
Obras sobre Religião (2005) 1 kappale
Of Money (2011) 1 kappale
Of probability 1 kappale
Du commerce et du luxe (2005) 1 kappale
Politik og æstetik (2000) 1 kappale
Eseuri politice 1 kappale
ENSAYOS POLITICOS (2011) 1 kappale
Of essay writing (1990) 1 kappale
Hume's Essays 1 kappale
Lettere 1 kappale
Hume [Opere di] 1 kappale

Associated Works

English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (1909) — Avustaja — 479 kappaletta
The English Philosophers from Bacon to Mill (1939) — Avustaja — 467 kappaletta
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Avustaja, eräät painokset397 kappaletta
Eight Great Tragedies (1957) — Avustaja, eräät painokset385 kappaletta
Britannica Great Books: Locke, Berkeley, Hume (1689) — Avustaja — 357 kappaletta
Western Philosophy: An Anthology (1996) — Tekijä, eräät painokset183 kappaletta
Atheism: A Reader (2000) — Avustaja — 181 kappaletta
Man and Spirit: The Speculative Philosophers (1947) — Avustaja — 172 kappaletta
Applied Ethics (1986) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology (2004) — Avustaja — 73 kappaletta
God (Hackett Readings in Philosophy) (1996) — Avustaja, eräät painokset57 kappaletta
The Range of Philosophy: Introductory Readings (1964) — Avustaja — 52 kappaletta
Classics of Modern Political Theory : Machiavelli to Mill (1996) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Philosophy now : an introductory reader (1972) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Classic Essays in English (1961) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
British Moralists 1650-1800, Vol. 2 Hume-Bentham and Index (1991) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
Reading Philosophy of Religion (2010) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Reading Ethics (Reading Philosophy) (2008) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Erkenntnis und Sein I Epistemologie. (1978) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Wijsgerige teksten over de wereld (1964) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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One of the best-known modern philosophers wrote his masterpiece at a young age, it wasn’t well received at the time and to being important to Western philosophy, and so David Hume decided to do something to get his thoughts talked about. Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals are two pieces that Hume wrote from sections of his most famous work to enlarge and make them well known thus putting his name out into the philosophical community.

The two Enquiries are essentially extracts and revisions of sections from his A Treatise of Human Nature, his anonymously published most important work that was not received well and very long. In all honestly, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding was to me were words that signified nothing. Every statement and argument Hume put forward neither interested me nor really was convincing and his section “On Miracles” was nothing more than a circular argument that just wasted my time. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals was not much better, while I understood Hume’s thinking, I just didn’t understand the reason for the entire piece existing and frankly the four Appendixes that were attached where the best part of what Hume wrote. The publishers decided to include A Dialogue in the book, and it was probably the best piece in the entire book as I took it as satire and if not, I don’t care because those 20 pages were better than the previous 326. Frankly I had hoped for Hume to contrast or compliment John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and while I felt Locke was a bit bloated, at least I cared about what he wrote unlike Hume.

Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals are two of David Hume’s work combined in the same book, I read them and felt like I wasted my time.
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mattries37315 | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 8, 2023 |
Early rare version in 6 volumes, excellent condition, with no publication date.
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susangeib | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 21, 2023 |
David Hume è uno dei miei filosofi preferiti e trovo molto consolante ricorrervi quando il mondo intorno a me impazzisce e dà eccessive attenzioni a chi pensa che i vaccini provochino l’autismo o che le teorie riparative abbiano una qualche efficacia (e siano mai riuscite a riportare una persona LGBTQIA+ sulla “retta via”).

In questo volume, Laterza raccoglie sezioni da Storia naturale delle religioni, da Dialoghi sulla religione naturale e da Ricerca sull’intelletto umano, più il Frammento sul male, La superstizione e l'entusiasmo e parte de I caratteri nazionali.

Quello che adoro di Hume, oltre al suo fornire ottime argomentazioni contro i fanatici, è la sua capacità di farti dubitare delle tue stesse convinzioni e di fartele mettere in discussione (anche se sei d’accordo con lui).

Non importa da dove parti: Hume ti scombussolerà il cervello.
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lasiepedimore | Sep 19, 2023 |
It was good to read this in it's (more or less original) prose, as Hume wrote it. A lot of very perceptive arguments; and the dialogue format serves well to couch Hume's views, forcing you to think for yourself a bit more, rather than just accept what you're reading as wisdom from an authority.

But... commas. The punctuation and write-style are dated and very difficult to read at times. A truly modern rendition of the text risks changing some meaning, but at the benefit of making the ideas so much more clear.

4 stars for the work, but 3 stars for the lack of clarity of reading in the (nearly) original.
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dcunning11235 | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 12, 2023 |



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