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Hume's Enlightenment Tract: The Unity and Purpose of An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding

Stephen Buckle


This book studies David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. The Enquiry has, contrary to its author's expressed wishes, long lived in the shadow of its predecessor, A Treatise of Human Nature. This book presents the Enquiry in a fresh light, and aims to raise it to its rightful position in Hume's work and in the history of philosophy. It argues that the Enquiry is not, as so often assumed, a mere collection of watered-down extracts from the earlier work. It is, rather, a coherent work with a unified argument; and, when this argument is grasped as a whole, the Enquiry shows itself to ... More

Keywords: David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Aristotelianism, habit, probability, rational animals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199271146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271146.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Buckle, author
The Australian Catholic University