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by David Fate Norton,Mary J. Norton,David Hume

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Author: David Fate Norton,Mary J. Norton,David Hume
ISBN: 0198751737
ISBN13: 978-0198751731
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 24, 2000)
Pages: 626
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Hume's Treatise of Human Nature along with his staunch empirical approach to epistemology, has garnered him . Hume's anti-rationalist assertion that reason cannot be the major factor producing moral action provides the foundation for his entire ethical theory.

Hume's Treatise of Human Nature along with his staunch empirical approach to epistemology, has garnered him recognition as a "great skeptic" of the rationalist tradition in philosophy and recognition as the greatest philosopher to write in English. Hume's ethical project is concerned with discovering how people's nature dictates moral behavior and in discovering the moral virtues that society deems useful.

David Norton is Macdonald Professor of Moral Philosophy and Co-director of the Hume Society/National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on the Philosophy of David Hume. Mary J. Norton is an independent scholar. Series: Oxford Philosophical Texts. Start reading A Treatise of Human Nature on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

David Fate Norton, Mary J. Norton. The first volume contains the critical text of David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, followed by the shortand concluding with A Letter from a Gentleman to his Friend in Edinburgh.

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Part of the Oxford Philosophical Texts series.

Oxford Philosophical Texts. Part of the Oxford Philosophical Texts series. Student aids found in the book are unique to this text and include a comprehensive introduction by a well-known Hume scholar, annotations, a glossary, guidance on further reading and a complete and reliable index to the Treatise. Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects.

David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton, "Substantive Differences between Two Texts of Hume's Treatise," Hume Studies 26 (2000): 245-77.

David Hume, David Fate Norton, Mary J. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), David Hume's comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature, is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. It is also the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th-century philosophy. The Treatise first explains how we form such concepts as cause and effect, external existence, and personal identity, and to form compelling but unconfirmable beliefs in the entities represented by these concepts.

The first volume contains the critical text of David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature (1739/40), followed by the short Abstract (1740) in which Hume set out the key arguments of the larger work; the volume concludes with A Letter from a Gentleman to his Friend in Edinburgh (1745), Hume's later defence of the Treatise.

David Hume's comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. The Treatise first explains how we form such concepts as cause and effect, external existence, and personal identity, and how we create compelling but unverifiable beliefs in the entities represented by these concepts. It then offers a novel account of the passions, explains freedom and necessity as they apply to human choices and actions, and concludes with a detailed explanation of how we distinguish between virtue and vice. The volume features Hume's own abstract of the Treatise, a substantial introduction, extensive annotations, a glossary of terms, a comprehensive index, and suggestions for further reading.
Comments to eBook A Treatise of Human Nature (Oxford Philosophical Texts)
Thomeena
Amazon groups all reviews together for different editions of the "same" book. What is missed is that different editions are really different books. These very brief comments refer to the print version of the Oxford Philosophical Text version of David Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature, edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton.

This edition is a wonderful piece of scholarship, with illuminating commentary and notes. I found this edition to be especially helpful for my students. There is a long introductory essay, comments throughout the text, notes and a glossary.

Even if you have the Selby-Bigge edition, every Hume scholar and serious student should add this to their library. Other than the Selby-Bigge and Oxford editions, avoid all other print editions. (By Oxford editions, I refer to this version and the version also edited by the Nortons under the Clarendon Series label.)
Vichredag
Amazon is lucky I love Hume and that I'm too lazy too return most things. Definitely don't get the paperback version for $8.99 from Amazon. Check the scale size picture that tells you how big the book is before buying because like many other customers I received what is essentially a PDF printout of wrapped in a charming portrait of the great thinker, which is to serve as a makeshift cover, and a font size that really strains your eyes to try and read. Not to mention only 182 pages of no value added, foreward, notes by any scholars.. I mean forgive me for being a spoiled reader but at least make the book a standard size with readable text. 10/5 for Hume, 1/5 for Amazon in this case.
Leyl
David Hume is commonly referred to as one of the most influential philosophers and this book is one of his most significant works. I was eager to read it based on these common assumptions. I was disappointed, not only in the content, but also in the general clarity. Hume argues very circuitously and often admits he is not clear on certain subjects, which is reflected in the writings. His style is that of thinking aloud. Much worse than the style though is the content. He consistently attacks reason and the idea that any firm knowledge is possible. This of course contradicts itself, as he makes these points by the use of reason and on the presupposition that knowledge is possible, in order to arrive at the conclusions he does.

The most interesting part of the book is the first section, which deals with his ideas of impressions and concepts and sensations. He lumps all of these together and ends up with a confused mess and the conclusion that nothing is knowable. There are several explicit statements about the futility of reason.

The discussions of emotions is relateable to all readers and is somewhat interesting but suffers from a lack of clarity and constant second guessing.

It is a shame that such an important subject has Hume for one of its most famous advocates. People like him are the reason philosophy is considered esoteric and completely unrelated to practical life, which is one of the most unfortunates situation in human history, as humans are creatures driven by ideas and philosophy is at the base of this. Overall, the book is somehat long and some parts are dry but it is worth the read based on Hume's influence. I would suggest reading this but counterbalancing it with multiple other works and not assuming that this is what all philosophy is like.
SmEsH
The book did not sell more than a few copies in the life of its great author. But why? The reason is obvious: in his lifetime, Hume's philosophy was above the level of his contemporaries. Of course, this book became very highly prized two centuries later, and remains one of the best books in all philosophy. Indeed, the only philosophy book that might be considered slightly better is the book that Hume himself wrote some years later to expound and explain the ideas of the "Treatise on Human Nature" in a more readable style!
Burking
I don't know if i can review the book in any detail here, the way Hume examines things is wonderful. He systematically works his way to a truth that he (and me as the reader) can accept to be true. However I have to stress this DO NOT BUY THIS COPY OF THIS BOOK the print is awful, the pages are huge and the general quality of the book is bad. Get a copy that is by another publisher.
Wenes
Despite the bogus reviews in the description that mention an index, glossary, and notes, none of these are included in this garbage edition. What you have here is scam copy that plopped the public-domain text of Hume's classic into an unlikely 8.5 x 11 format with what appears to be nine-point type. This unreadable, deceptive edition is either going back to the dodgy vendor or going into the recycling bin. Don't be fooled. Order another version from a reputable publisher.
Ylal
Instead of quenching my thirst for knowledge Humes has expanded it. As with most philosophers he does get a little long winded but that's expected. The book is a tour de force on how knowledge can be attained through proper deduction and induction. I would even recommend this book to my enemies, especially the third part of the book which covers morality quite thoroughly.
It is simply brilliant. I don't think it really matters whether you agree or disagree with Hume on the subjects covered. The man is simple to read and clear, unlike others in the field (for me personally Kant is a pain to read). Be warned, while Hume is clear and easy to read, it is not always clear where he personally stands on certain issues of language and semantics. This is partly due to the fact that he seemed not to care to much about this area of philosophy. Anyways, its a fun read, a classic, and a necessary read in my opinion if you wanted to be taken seriously in philosophy.
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