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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, mehr anzeigen 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) weniger anzeigen
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Werke von David Hume

Dialoge über natürliche Religion (1779) — Autor — 1,976 Exemplare
Geschichte von England (1754) 300 Exemplare
On Suicide (2005) 209 Exemplare
The Natural History of Religion (1957) 177 Exemplare
The History of England (Volume I) (1762) 151 Exemplare
Hume Selections (1927) 145 Exemplare
Hume: Political Essays (1953) 116 Exemplare
Moral and Political Philosophy (1948) 102 Exemplare
Political Writings (1994) 48 Exemplare
Hume on Religion (1963) 48 Exemplare
The philosophy of David Hume (1963) 42 Exemplare
Writings on Economics (1955) 39 Exemplare
Moral Philosophy (2006) 37 Exemplare
The essential David Hume (1969) 34 Exemplare
Essays (1963) 32 Exemplare
Essential Works of David Hume (1965) 26 Exemplare
L'entendement (1995) 19 Exemplare
Del conocimiento (1984) 16 Exemplare
New Letters of David Hume (1954) 15 Exemplare
Hume (1996) 14 Exemplare
My Own Life (1997) 13 Exemplare
Über Moral. (1997) 13 Exemplare
Obras econômicas (1996) 13 Exemplare
David Hume: 21 Works (2014) 11 Exemplare
De uitgelezen Hume (2004) 11 Exemplare
The letters of David Hume (1983) 11 Exemplare
Four dissertations (1757) 9 Exemplare
Hume - Os Pensadores (1999) 8 Exemplare
Hume vida e obra (2000) 8 Exemplare
La regola del gusto (1946) 8 Exemplare
Om det mänskliga förståndet (1738) 8 Exemplare
Ricerca sull'intelletto umano (2009) 7 Exemplare
Essais esthétiques (2000) 7 Exemplare
Etiske skrifter (1993) 6 Exemplare
Ma vie (2000) 5 Exemplare
Din üstüne (2013) 5 Exemplare
Discorsi politici (1959) 5 Exemplare
Political Discourses (2009) 4 Exemplare
Estetisk teori : en antologi (2008) 4 Exemplare
De mi propia vida (2014) 4 Exemplare
Réflexions sur les passions (1990) 4 Exemplare
Opere filosofiche. Vol. IV (1987) 4 Exemplare
Opere (1971) 3 Exemplare
Hume: Theory of Politics (1951) 3 Exemplare
The David Hume Collection (2014) 3 Exemplare
Well-temper'd Eloquence (1996) 3 Exemplare
David Hume (2017) 3 Exemplare
Of Tragedy (1990) 3 Exemplare
Natura umana e conoscenza (1984) 3 Exemplare
Hume (2000) 2 Exemplare
Of the Original Contract (2016) 2 Exemplare
Of the Liberty of the Press (2015) 2 Exemplare
Scritti morali (1970) 2 Exemplare
A proposito di Rousseau (2017) 2 Exemplare
Essais sur l'art et le goût (2010) 2 Exemplare
David Hume összes esszéi (1992) 2 Exemplare
Works of David Hume (2008) 2 Exemplare
Hume on Religion (1964) 2 Exemplare
Obras 1 Exemplar
Hume's Political Discourses (2019) 1 Exemplar
On Religion 1 Exemplar
A kind of history of my life (2015) 1 Exemplar
Eseje pozostałe (2020) 1 Exemplar
Translation (1991) 1 Exemplar
Obras sobre Religião (2005) 1 Exemplar
Of Money (2011) 1 Exemplar
Of probability 1 Exemplar
David Hume (2014) 1 Exemplar
Du commerce et du luxe (2005) 1 Exemplar
Politik og æstetik (2000) 1 Exemplar
Eseuri politice 1 Exemplar
Money and Interest 1 Exemplar
ENSAYOS POLITICOS (2011) 1 Exemplar
Of essay writing (1990) 1 Exemplar
Hume's Essays 1 Exemplar
Lettere 1 Exemplar
Hume [Opere di] 1 Exemplar

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English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (1909) — Mitwirkender — 478 Exemplare
The English Philosophers from Bacon to Mill (1939) — Mitwirkender — 460 Exemplare
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben393 Exemplare
Eight Great Tragedies (1957) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben382 Exemplare
Britannica Great Books: Locke, Berkeley, Hume (1689) — Mitwirkender — 352 Exemplare
Western Philosophy: An Anthology (1996) — Autor, einige Ausgaben181 Exemplare
Atheism: A Reader (2000) — Mitwirkender — 181 Exemplare
Man and Spirit: The Speculative Philosophers (1947) — Mitwirkender — 172 Exemplare
Applied Ethics (1986) — Mitwirkender — 117 Exemplare
Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology (2004) — Mitwirkender — 72 Exemplare
God (Hackett Readings in Philosophy) (1996) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben58 Exemplare
Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a Method for Beginners (2002) — Mitwirkender — 57 Exemplare
Range of Philosophy (1964) — Mitwirkender — 50 Exemplare
Classics of Modern Political Theory : Machiavelli to Mill (1996) — Mitwirkender — 48 Exemplare
Philosophy now : an introductory reader (1972) — Mitwirkender — 24 Exemplare
Classic Essays in English (1961) — Mitwirkender — 22 Exemplare
British Moralists 1650-1800, Vol. 2 Hume-Bentham and Index (1991) — Mitwirkender — 16 Exemplare
Reading Philosophy of Religion (2010) — Mitwirkender — 9 Exemplare
Reading Ethics (Reading Philosophy) (2008) — Mitwirkender — 7 Exemplare
Epistomologie (1978) — Mitwirkender — 5 Exemplare
Wijsgerige teksten over de wereld (1964) — Mitwirkender — 2 Exemplare
Le monde des passions en 30 dissertations: Balzac, Hume, Racine: programme 2015-2016 (2015) — Mitwirkender, einige Ausgaben1 Exemplar





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 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 8, 2023 |
Early rare version in 6 volumes, excellent condition, with no publication date.
susangeib | 1 weitere Rezension | 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 weitere Rezensionen | Aug 12, 2023 |



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