A Treatise of Human Nature (Barnes & Noble Library of by David Hume PDF

By David Hume

ISBN-10: 1411428463

ISBN-13: 9781411428461

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Influencing ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of technology, David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature continues to be unrivalled by way of probably the other works in philosophy. The Treatise is of curiosity, and never purely old curiosity, to expert educational philosophers. it truly is outstanding that it might probably, and sometimes does, additionally function the most effective introductions to philosophy-to what philosophers particularly do-for the novice.

The significant issues that experience ruled modern philosophy can approximately all be present in the Treatise, and in lots of instances they're the locus classicus for resulting debates. between those are the rules of ethics, causation and induction, own identification, skepticism and the exterior international, philosophical technique, that means and empiricism, and immortality.

Biography:
David Hume used to be born on April 26, 1711, and grew up in Ninewells and Edinburgh, Scotland. His widowed mom expert her "uncommonly wake-minded" son till he enrolled at age 11 on the collage of Edinburgh, the place he at the beginning thought of a profession in legislations. At fifteen years outdated, he left the collage to reply to internal questions of theology and metaphysics. between his associates have been notables Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-78), Adam Smith (1723-90), and James Boswell (1740-95). After his dying, others together with Auguste Comte (1798-1857), Charles Darwin (1809-82), and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) admitted admiration for his writings.

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SECTION XI. Of the love of fame. SECTION XII. Of the pride and humility of animals. PART II - OF LOVE AND HATRED SECTION I. Of the objects and causes of love and hatred. SECTION II. Experiments to confirm this system. SECTION III. Difficulties solved. SECTION IV. Of the love of relations. SECTION V. Of our esteem for the rich and powerful. SECTION VI. Of benevolence and anger. SECTION VII. Of compassion. SECTION VIII. Of malice and envy. SECTION IX. Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice.

Of the origin of government. SECTION VIII. Of the source of allegiance. SECTION IX. Of the measures of allegiance. SECTION X. Of the objects of allegiance. SECTION XI. Of the laws of nations. SECTION XII. Of chastity and modesty. PART III - OF THE OTHER VIRTUES AND VICES SECTION I. Of the origin of the natural virtues and vices. SECTION II. Of greatness of mind. SECTION III. Of goodness and benevolence. SECTION IV. Of natural abilities. SECTION V. Some farther reflexions concerning the natural virtues.

But as authors do not commonly use this precaution, I shall presume to recommend it to the readers; and am persuaded, that this small attention would subvert all the vulgar systems of morality, and let us see, that the distinction of vice and virtue is not founded merely on the relations of objects, nor is perceived by reason. Moral judgment, Hume argues, is neither rationally based on, nor intuited from, perceivable facts or objective relations in the natural world. Instead, moral judgments are based on those sentiments that are a function of sympathy which in turn is affected by desire, passion, and innate sensibilities.

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