An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Paperback

by David Hume;


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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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'Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.' Thus ends David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, 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 scepticism 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 this edition places it in its historical and philosophical context.
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume was published by Oxford University Press in July 2008 and is our 59578th best seller. The ISBN for An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is 9780199549900.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (July 2008)
Weight212g
Number of Pages304
Thickness14 mm
Height197 mm
Width129 mm
ISBN9780199549900
ISBN-100199549907
Product Code4514520
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