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A landmark of Enlightenment proposal, Hume's An Enquiry bearing on Human Understanding is followed right here via shorter works that make clear it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His buddy in Edinburgh, Hume's reaction to these accusing him of atheism, of advocating severe skepticism, and of undermining the rules of morality; and his summary of A Treatise of Human Nature, which anticipates discussions built within the Enquiry.

In his concise creation, Eric Steinberg explores the stipulations that led Hume to put in writing the Enquiry and the work's vital courting to e-book I of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature.

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I have also modernized the spelling and made a few minor corrections in the Abstract; otherwise, it is printed as it appeared in 1740, except for a handful of manuscript corrections by Hume. I would like to thank Stephen J. Becroft for the Latin translations, and Malcolm S. Brown for his advice and general assistance. Bracketed footnotes are mine; footnotes without brackets are the author’s. Y. Introduction About a year before his death, Hume remarked to his publisher: “as to any suitable returns or approbation from the public, for the care, accuracy, labor, disinterestedness, and courage of my compositions, they are yet to come.

New York: Dover Publications, 1958. 7. Flew, Antony. Hume’s Philosophy of Belief. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1961. 8. J. Hume’s Skepticism in the “Treatise of Human Nature". London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985. 9. A. Hume’s Philosophy of Religion. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1988. 10. Hendel, Charles W. Studies in the Philosophy of David Hume. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1963. 11. Kemp Smith, Norman. The Philosophy of David Hume. , 1941.

In fact, both the first and the last sections of the Enquiry contain a more polished statement of Hume’s final philosophical position than anything found in the Treatise; they represent a more serious attempt to come to grips with a problem that threatened the entire Humean philosophical enterprise (and the attack on “dogmatic rationalism") in the Treatise—a problem mentioned only fleetingly and hardly resolved in that work. Hume was aware, even in the Treatise, that his attack on “dogmatic rationalism” was in danger of unleashing a general skepticism that could jeopardize the credibility of all beliefs, everyday as well as philosophical.

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