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Treatise of Human Nature

Treatise of Human Nature - 00 edition

Treatise of Human Nature - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780198751724

ISBN10: 0198751729

Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume, David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton - ISBN 9780198751724
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Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume, David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton - ISBN 9780198751724

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ISBN10: 0198751729

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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.

Author Bio

Norton, David :

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.

Norton, Mary J. :

Mary J. Norton is an independent scholar

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

How to Use this Book
List of Abbreviations
Editor's Introduction
Hume's Early years and Education
A Treatise of Human Nature

Book 1: Of the Understanding

Book 1 Part 1: The Elements of the Mental World
Book 1 Part 2: The Ideas of Space and Time
Book 1 Part 3: Knowledge, Probability, Belief, and Causation
Book 1 Part 4: Forms of Scepticism

Book 2: Of the passions

Book 2 Part 1: The Indirect Passions of Pride and Humility
Book 2 Part 2: The Indirect Passions of Love and Hatred
Book 2 Part 3: The Direct Passions and the Will

Book 3: Of Morals

Book 3 Part 1: The Source of Moral Distinctions
Book 3 Part 2: The Artificial Virtues
Book 3 Part 3: Natural Virtues and Natural Abilities

The Abstract and the Early Reception of the Treatise
Supplementary Reading
A Note on the Texts of this Edition


Book 1: Of the Understanding

Part 1: Of ideas, their origin, composition, connexion, abstraction, etc.

Section 1: Of the origin of our ideas
Section 2: Division of the subject
Section 3: Of the ideas of the memory and imagination
Section 4: Of the connexion of association of ideas
Section 5. Of relations
Section 6 Of modes and substances
Section 7: Of abstract ideas

Part 2: Of ideas of space and time

Section 1: Of the infinite divisibility of our ideas of space and time
Section 2: Of the infinite divisibility of space and time
Section 3. Of the other qualities of our ideas of space and time
Section 4. Objections answered
Section 5: The same subject continued
Section 6: Of the idea of existence and of external existence

Part 3: of knowledge and probability

Section 1: Of knowledge
Section 2. Of probability; and of the idea of cause and effect
Section 3: Why a cause is always necessary
Section 4: Of the component parts of our reasonings concerning cause and effect
Section 5: Of the impressions of the senses and memory
Section. 6: Of the inference from the impression to the idea
Section 7: Of the nature of the idea or belief
Section 8: Of the causes of belief
Section 9: Of the effects of other relations and other habits
Sect 10. Of the influence of belief
Section 11: Of the probability of chances
Section 12: Of the probability of causes
Section 13: Of unphilosophical probability
Section 14: Of the idea of necessary connexion
Section 15: Rules by which to judge of causes and effects
Section 16: Of the reason of animals

Part 4: Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy

Section 1: Of scepticism with regard to reason
Section 2: Of scepticism with regard to the senses
Section 3. Of the ancient philosophy
Sect 4. Of the modern philosophy
Section 5: Of the immateriality of the soul
Section 6: Of personal identity
Section 7: Conclusion of this book

Book 2: Of the Passions

Part 1: Of pride and humility

Section 1: Division of the subject
Section 2: Of pride and humility; their objects and causes
Section 3: Whence these objects and causes are derived
Section 4: Of the relations of impressions and ideas
Section 5: Of the influence of these relations on pride and humility
Section 6: Limitations of this system
Section 7: Of vice and virtue
Section 8: Of beauty and deformity
Section 9: Of external advantages and disadvantages
Section 10: Of property and riches
Section 11: Of the love of fame
Section 12: Of the pride and humility of animals

Part 2: Of love and hatred

Section 1: Of the objects and causes of love and hatred
Section 2: Experiments to confirm this system
Section 3: Difficulties solved
Section 4: Of the love of relations
Section 5: Of our esteem for the rich and powerful
Sect 6: Of benevolence and anger
Section 7: Of compassion
Section 8: Of malice and envy
Section 9: Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice
Section 10. Of respect and contempt
Section 11: Of the amorous passion, or love betwixt the sexes
Section 12: Of the love and hatred of animals

Part 3: Of the will and direct passions

Section 1: Of liberty and necessity
Section 2: The same subject continued
Section 3: Of the influencing motives of the will
Section 4: Of the causes of the violent passions
Section 5: Of the effects of custom
Section Of the influence of the imagination on passions
Section 7: Of contiguity and distance in space and time
Section 8: The same subject continued
Section 9: Of the direct passions
Section 10: Of curiosity, or the love of truth

Book 3: Of Morals Advertisement

Part 1: Of virtue and vice in general

Section 1: Moral distinctions not derived from reason
Section 2: Moral distinctions derived from a moral sense

Part 2: Of justice and injustice

Section 1: Justice, whether a natural or artificial virtue?
Section 2: Of the origin of justice and property
Section 3: Of the rules, which determine property
Section 4: Of the transference of property by consent
Section 5: Of the obligation of promises
Section 6: Some farther reflections concerning justice and injustice
Section 7: Of the origin of government
Section 8: Of the source of allegiance
Section 9: Of the measures of allegiance
Section 10: Of the objects of allegiance
Section 11: Of the laws of nations
Section 12: Of chastity and modesty

Part 3: Of the other virtues and vices

Section 1: Of the origin of the natural virtues and vices
Section 2: Of greatness of mind
Section 3. Of goodness and benevolence
Section 4: Of natural abilities
Section 5: Some farther reflections concerning the natural virtues
Section 6: Conclusion of this book

An Abstract of ... A Treatise of Human Nature

Editors' Annotations
Annotations to the Treatise
Annotations to the Abstract