Essays and Treatises on Philosophical Subjects

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Broadview Press, May 6, 2013 - Philosophy - 624 pages

This is the first edition in over a century to present David Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dissertation on the Passions, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Natural History of Religion in the format he intended: collected together in a single volume. Hume has suffered a fate unusual among great philosophers. His principal philosophical work is no longer published in the form in which he intended it to be read. It has been divided into separate parts, only some of which continue to be published. This volume repairs that neglect by presenting the four pieces that Hume in later life desired to "alone be regarded as containing [his] philosophical sentiments and principles" in the format he preferred, as a single volume with an organization that parallels that of his early Treatise of Human Nature.

This edition’s introduction comments on the historical origins and evolution of the four parts and draws attention to how they mutually inform and support one another. The text is based on the first (1758) edition of Hume’s Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. Notes advise the reader of the changes made in the final (1777) edition. Excerpts from the work of some of Hume’s most important contemporary critics are included as appendices. Hume’s abundant references to ancient historians, geographers, poets, and philosophers—many of them now quite obscure—are rendered accessible in this volume through extensive textual notes and a bibliography of online sources.


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Outstanding addition to the Hume canon. Clear and concise and very complete. Well laid-out with lots of cross references to original sources.
All Hume lovers will need this copy - replace all of your
sundry versions with this one definitive piece of work that collects all of the in one place PLUS some bonus pieces. 


Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and References
A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Front Matter from the 1758 and 1777 Editions of Humes Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
A Dissertation on the Passions
The Dissertation on the Passions and Treatise Book 2
From Adam Smith The Theory of Moral Sentiments 1759
From Henry Home Lord Kames Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion 1779
From Thomas ReidEssays on the Active Powers of Man1788
From Anonymous Daniel MacQueen Letters on Mr Humes History of Great Britain 1756
From Anonymous William Warburton Remarks on Mr David Humes Essay on the Natural History of Religion addressed to the Rev Dr Warburton 1...
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Humes Index to ETSS

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
The Natural History of Religion
From Richard Price Four Dissertations 1768
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Lorne Falkenstein is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

Neil McArthur is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba.

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