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An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

David Hume , Peter Millican
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10 July 2008 Oxford World's Classics
considers the origin and processes of human thought and argues that we should liberate ourselves from the 'superstition' of false metaphysics and religion. This edition places the work in its historical and philosophical context.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed. / edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199549907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199549900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 16 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.'

Thus ends David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, 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 scepticism 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 this edition places it in its historical and philosophical context.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. 23 Oct 2010
By Iona S.
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A perfect substitute for the more expensive version. Has everything you could need plus extra information and comments on the book. Would recommend it to anyone who needs or wants to read Hume's enquiries. Was exactly what I needed for my University course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone 3 Jan 2014
By E. Tan
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D. Hume is a great philosopher. But, this book is not an easy read. If you are not familiar with Hume, probably it is is not a good start. The language is a bit hard and some sentences are quite lengthy. Although, Peter Millican's introduction provides a good background for the book, yet still the book requires a considerable level of patience and endurance on the reader's side, which should not be too surprising.

I do never mean that you should not buy the book, but i remind that you need to plough through to get a grip on it.
Probably, it would be a good idea to listen a couple of articulate lectures about Hume on you-tube before you plunge into Hume's books. Once you get familiarize yourself with Hume and his main arguments, then the book may make sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's greatest philosopher? 19 May 2009
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Fundamental text without which no library of philosophical classics is complete. A good introduction by Prof of Philosophy at Hertford College Oxford and expert on Hume. The text is humane, charitable yet radical in its conclusions... buy it and broaden your horizons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful simplicity 8 Mar 2011
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What a beautiful book, it clears away all the unnecessary struts of modern philosophy. it also awakens Kant from his dogmatic slumber and sadly, makes him create new struts.

Hume had some interesting thoughts, like: chance is but an event that we do not know the cause of; causation has nothing to do with the world, but is a projection of our own behaviour and becomes a habit formed by induction; an advocation of a 'mitigated' scepticism which does not inspire to certainty, but limits our scientific ambitions to subjects within the scope of experience - and there is so much more.

Please read this book, not because of its vast importance, and because it prepares you for Kant, but because it makes you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! 12 April 2011
By all4dopamine - Published on Amazon.com
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For years I have passed over Hume's work, but after reading An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, I would like to urge all philosophically minded readers to not make the same mistake as I did.
Hume's writing is as poetic as it is profound. His ideas are forceful, yet expressed with such gentle eloquence. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was with this book.
Furthermore, the clarity and insight of Peter Millican's introduction and end notes did much to enhance my comprehension and fit this work into a larger context.
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