An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume Peter Millican An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language His arguments in support of reasoning from experience and against t
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  • Author: David Hume Peter Millican
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume Peter MillicanDavid Hume s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is 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 sciDavid Hume s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is 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 skepticism 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 his edition places it in its historical and philosophical context About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
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  1. I had seen so many references to Hume s Enquiry that I almost thought I had read it but, when I actually got around to opening the book, I found as usual that things were not quite as I had imagined I was not surprised by his relentless scepticism, or by his insistence on basing all reasoning on empirical evidence These qualities, after all, have become proverbial I was, however, surprised to find that I hadn t correctly grasped the essence of his argument concerning the nature of knowledge In c [...]

  2. So I had to read this for my class A Prehistory of Affect Reading the Passions It was a pretty panicked situation I got randomly chosen to do a 30 minute presentation on this text in the first week of my Masters I had one week to read the Enquiry and prepare my presentation It was incredibly stressful I ve never read philosophy, I m very unfamiliar with the 18th century, and I had been out of school for year and a half Talk about being kicked back into gear.I don t know how to rate this text It [...]

  3. Returning to an old friend The first text I was given to study as a philosophy undergraduate, and what pleasure to revisit.I m not sure that Hume changed my thinking as a young man so much as brought the delight of recognition The sweeping away of superstition, fantasy systems, spiritual mumbo jumbo and so on has never for me disabled a propensity towards reflection or deep attachment to a cleaner, less encumbered mystery Kant, too, found his religious faith strengthened by such clarity.I was ta [...]

  4. Addition since my first review The Problem of Induction is always something to keep in mind, for we humans are used to finding a solid ground to maintain a sense of certainty on the events of the outside world What reasons are we to justify that what we repeatedly experienced in the past will still continue to happen until the present or future Where do we get that certainty Is it reliable or is only a human need to make sense of a world that in many ways is beyond our control And why should we [...]

  5. I didn t particularly enjoy this book Hume is both pretentious and self indulgent While he makes a good case for experience being a necessary prerequisite for knowing effect from cause, he also contradicts himself variously and accords to experience authority than he accredits it in certain other parts of this book That a certain effect has happened numerous times before is no guarantee that it will happen again true enough Hume says that it is simply custom to credit any particular effect with [...]

  6. I enjoyed the straightforward, no nonsense style of this famous philosopher Good though he is, however, his vision of life is that of pure empiricism that all real knowledge is gained only through sense contact In other words he appears to completely disregard a vital aspect of the human consciousness, i.e the possibility of gaining knowledge through contemplating the mind itself, for instance through the practice of mindfulness and meditation Further he discounts the possibility of recognizing [...]

  7. Bertrand Russell famously summarized Hume s contribution to philosophy, saying that he developed to its logical conclusion the empiricist philosophy of Locke and Berkeley, and by making it self consistent made it incredible Hume is remarkable in that he does not shy away from conclusions that might seem unlikely or unreasonable Ultimately, he concludes that we have no good reason to believe almost everything we believe about the world, but that this is not such a bad thing Nature helps us to get [...]

  8. Hume eviscerates the belief that we can understand anything about the world on a rational and certain basis At his most optimistic, Hume argues that all knowledge beyond direct observation is probable rather than certain This was an important chastenment of Enlightenment rationalism, and is generally accepted today.But Hume s argument seems to go much farther, and the optimistic later sections are the result of his either not recognizing the strength of his earlier arguments or deliberatly obsc [...]

  9. Hume discusses the distinction between impressions and ideas By impressions , he means sensations, while by ideas , he means memories and imaginings According to Hume, the difference between the two is that ideas are less vivacious than impressions For example, the idea of the taste of an orange is far inferior to the impression or sensation of actually eating one Writing within the tradition of empiricism, he argues that impressions are the source of all ideas Hume s empiricism consisted in the [...]

  10. o unlukla insan akl n n i leyi i, deneyimlerin neden, sonu ve nemi, ku kuculuk ve mucizeler zerine d nceleri konu al yor kitap M thi g zel bir anlat m var Bazen yazar burada ciddi miydi yoksa a da lar yla dalga m ge iyordu diye tekrar okumam gerekti Evet, yazar n ustal kla kulland o unlukla alayc bir dili var Ama yeri geldi inde baz insanlara ok ac verecek d ncelerini de payla maktan ekinmiyor Hume insanlar n anla lmas zor ve korkutucu olan ger ekte var olan d nya yerine kendi inan , duygu ve ka [...]

  11. A few years ago I had, for lack of a better term, an existential crisis I was completely unsatisfied with the explanations for existence purpose that I had been given by parents teachers friends It terrified me that no one had ever written about this concerns obviously people had, I was just never introduced to them I felt like an idiot for allowing my mind to dwell on concepts such as the basis of human understanding.It s nice, it s calming to know that extremely intelligent people, and many of [...]

  12. What I like about Hume is the skepticism and empiricism What I don t like about Hume is the doubting of causality Too bad this is pretty much thought of as the Hume thing.Hume was a very, very necessary step in the evolution of philosophy He overcame the irrational rationalism of Descartes and Berkeley, and paved the way for German idealism, which of course led to Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche, etc And really, I find Hume s brand of Enlightenment thought so much palatable than Kant s or Hegel s [...]

  13. Oh, Hume You eloquent, diligent, deep motherfucker If you were alive, I d marry your brainy ass Wait Am I becoming like Salafists who admire their scholars I am But fuck it At least Hume teaches critical thinking and denies dogmatic approaches I love this book And it requires a second, thorough read For that the amount of wisdom being printed in this book is too much for my girly side I have learned, not only the otherworldly style of writing which is not what Hume was aiming to be taken , but a [...]

  14. Hume s Enquiry is a landmark document in epistemology, the study of what distinguishes justified beliefs from unjustified ones It s about sixty pages, and is a rewriting of the first part of his monolithic Treatise of Human Nature 1737 , which he started writing at about my age 23 and published three years later.In short, the book aligns very well with the thinking of modern secular humanism and parts of it cover very similar ideas to what you d find in contemporary skeptic and atheist literatu [...]

  15. Qu ai je d couvert dans cet ouvrage de Hume que je n ai pas lu dans l ouvrage ponyme de Locke Juste quelques d tails, mais qui ont leur prix Hume embrasse les m mes th mes que son compatriote, mais en les survolant par allusion, avec plus de gr ce et d aisance, sans doute, mais aussi bien moins de rigueur et de scrupules O sont pass s cette inqui tude de d finir pr cis ment chaque terme, de construire l ouvrage suivant un plan, de pr venir chaque objection, de d truire toute ombre de doute D abo [...]

  16. This is David Hume s summary of his central doctrines and themes of his empiricist philosophy It was a revision of an earlier effort, A Treatise of Human Nature, published anonymously in London in 1739 40 Hume was disappointed with the reception of the Treatise, which fell stillborn from the press, as he put it, and so he tried again to disseminate a developed version of his ideas to the public by writing a shorter and polemical work.The end product of his labours was the Enquiry which dispens [...]

  17. It s a bit pointless to try to comment on this book, especially considering how much scholarship there is on Hume and how widely studied he still is by the intellectually curious and in Philosophy departments He is an amazingly advanced thinker for the time, and is still important today, partly because although he doesn t seem to like Spinoza or any of the Rationalists, most of the basis for contemporary psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience is found in these two great philosophers writ [...]

  18. It is rare that I read an entire book twice in a row, but I made an exception for Hume s Enquiry Yes, he s that good I wasn t quite as happy with the Kindle version of this book though, since there are no direct links in the text to Hume s own notes which doesn t exactly allow for a smooth reading experience The Oxford World s Classics edition includes the Abstract of the Treatise of Human Nature, the essay Of the Immortality of the Soul, excerpts from letters and from the Dialogues concerning N [...]

  19. This book is perhaps the most sophisticated book on philosophy that has ever been published In its core it touches on psychology, physics, and the physiology of the brain, biological claims to survival, and then some This book portrays the science of philosophy.As I go through my career, references to Hume come up in my thoughts As I read psychology books, physics books, and such, references to Hume come up in my thoughts Connections to Hume are everywhere No other author has been so much on the [...]

  20. I decided to read this book because a quote from it has long been one of the foundations of my thinking A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence That being said, I can t say that I completely followed Hume s reasoning I have only dabbled in philosophy, and I m not used to reading such densely argued writing The Enquiry is probably a book I should read again in order to gain a better grasp, but I can t see that happening anytime soon I was able to appreciate Hume s emphasis on reason and [...]

  21. After his three volume Treatise of Human Nature dropped like a rock to the bottom of the pool of British philosophic writing, Hume set out to write a briefer, accessible version the Enquiry concerning Human Understanding One of the early points it makes is that most endeavors to write about the nature of thought are hopeless and nearly impossible to understand With that disclaimer, Hume sets out to contradict himself by writing lucidly about, while candidly acknowledging the severe limits of, t [...]

  22. When I made the final decision to pursue a PhD in Instructional Technology, I read this book in the months before starting as a way of plunging into the study of education I don t think I could have chosen any better excellent My book notes Section 1 On the different species of philosophyIn this section Hume distinguishes philosophy for the sake of philosophy from applied philosophy He wishes to argue for a scientific approach to exploring human understanding p 2 If they can discover some hidde [...]

  23. Hume skewers the majority of his contemporaries by offering his clear and concise doctrine of skeptical empiricism His hand is steady and calm, and his words are like steadfast arrows that he aims at the hithertofore impenetrable core of the rationalist fortress The book consists of largely two intervowen themes anti inductivistic empiricism and religious skepticism While capable of being treated in isolation, they emerge from the same motivation to encourage recognition of the limits of human u [...]

  24. Beware of ProcrustesAccording to Greek mythology, Procrustes offered hospitality to passers by with the intent to kill them He had only one bed for all comers To make them fit the bed, he hammered the short men till they are stretched across the length of the bed, but sawed off the portions of the long men that projected beyond it He was eventually subdued by the hero Theseus, who forced him to fit his own bed.David Hume, the Procrustes of philosophy, demands the whole of nature and human intell [...]

  25. This intro to an essay I wrote on this book pretty much sums it up David Hume delves into all doctrines of life in his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, unearthing the fallibility of all human made dogmas His stance lends no credence to the predictability of the future, and instead infringes upon the reliability of any human experience outside of the experience itself Hume sees every cause and effect as an isolated happenstance, and even with similarities in experiences, places no stock in [...]

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