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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, vis mere 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) vis mindre
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A Treatise of Human Nature (1739) 2,839 eksemplarer
Dialoger om den naturlige religion (1779) — Forfatter — 2,009 eksemplarer
History of England (6 volumes) (1754) 305 eksemplarer
On Suicide (2005) 213 eksemplarer
The Natural History of Religion (1957) 181 eksemplarer
The History of England (Volume I) (1762) 153 eksemplarer
Hume Selections (1927) 145 eksemplarer
Hume: Political Essays (1953) 116 eksemplarer
Moral and Political Philosophy (1948) 102 eksemplarer
The History of England (Volume V) (1754) 91 eksemplarer
The History of England (Volume IV) (1759) 58 eksemplarer
The History of England (Volume II) (1762) 57 eksemplarer
Hume on Religion (1963) 51 eksemplarer
Political Writings (1994) 48 eksemplarer
The History of England (Volume VI) (1757) 47 eksemplarer
The philosophy of David Hume (1963) 42 eksemplarer
Moral Philosophy (2006) 37 eksemplarer
Writings on Economics (1955) 37 eksemplarer
The essential David Hume (1969) 34 eksemplarer
Essays (1963) 33 eksemplarer
Of Miracles (Open Court classics) (1985) 31 eksemplarer
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L'entendement (1995) 19 eksemplarer
Del conocimiento (1984) 17 eksemplarer
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La morale (1997) 14 eksemplarer
Hume (1996) 14 eksemplarer
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My Own Life (1997) 13 eksemplarer
The letters of David Hume (1983) 11 eksemplarer
David Hume: 21 Works (2014) 11 eksemplarer
De uitgelezen Hume (2004) 11 eksemplarer
La regola del gusto (1946) 9 eksemplarer
Os Pensadores - Hume 9 eksemplarer
Four dissertations (1757) 9 eksemplarer
Hume vida e obra (2000) 8 eksemplarer
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Ricerca sull'intelletto umano (2009) 8 eksemplarer
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Etiske skrifter (1993) 6 eksemplarer
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Estetisk teori : en antologi (2008) 5 eksemplarer
Ma vie (2000) 5 eksemplarer
Political Discourses (2009) 4 eksemplarer
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The David Hume Collection (2014) 4 eksemplarer
Din üstüne (2013) 4 eksemplarer
Opere filosofiche. Vol. IV (1987) 4 eksemplarer
De mi propia vida (2014) 4 eksemplarer
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David Hume (2017) 3 eksemplarer
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Natura umana e conoscenza (1984) 3 eksemplarer
Opere (1971) 3 eksemplarer
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Of Tragedy (1990) 3 eksemplarer
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Of the Liberty of the Press (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Essais sur l'art et le goût (2010) 2 eksemplarer
Works of David Hume (2008) 2 eksemplarer
David Hume összes esszéi (1992) 2 eksemplarer
David Hume (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Hume on Religion (1964) 2 eksemplarer
Translation (1991) 1 eksemplar
A kind of history of my life (2015) 1 eksemplar
On Religion 1 eksemplar
Hume's Political Discourses (2019) 1 eksemplar
Obras 1 eksemplar
Eseje pozostałe (2020) 1 eksemplar
Obras sobre Religião (2005) 1 eksemplar
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Of Money (2011) 1 eksemplar
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Of Superstition and Enthusiasm (1990) 1 eksemplar
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David Hume összes esszéi II. (1994) 1 eksemplar
Of probability 1 eksemplar
Du commerce et du luxe (2005) 1 eksemplar
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Money and Interest 1 eksemplar
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Reading Philosophy of Religion (2010) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
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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 andre anmeldelser | Nov 8, 2023 |
Early rare version in 6 volumes, excellent condition, with no publication date.
susangeib | 1 anden anmeldelse | 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 andre anmeldelser | Aug 12, 2023 |



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