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A Treatise of Human Nature By David Hume
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Hume began writing A Treatise of Human Nature at the age of sixteen, finishing the work ten years later. Although many scholars today consider the Treatise to be Hume's most important work and one of... More > the most important books in the history of philosophy, the public in Britain did not at first agree. Hume himself described the (lack of) public reaction to the publication of the Treatise by writing that the book "fell dead-born from the press."< Less
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding By David Hume
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Philosopher David Hume was considered to one of the most important figures in the age of Scottish enlightenment. In An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Hume discusses the weakness that humans... More > have in their abilities to comprehend the world around them, what is referred to in the title as human understanding. This work, now commonly required reading in philosophy classes, exposed a broad audience to philosophy when it was first published. A great introduction to the philosophy of David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and the ideas within it are as intriguing today as when they were first written.< Less
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion By David Hume
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In the Dialogues, Hume's characters debate a number of arguments for the existence of God, and arguments whose proponents believe through which we may come to know the nature of God. Such topics... More > debated include the argument from design—for which Hume uses a house—and whether there is more suffering or good in the world (argument from evil). Hume started writing the Dialogues in 1750 but did not complete them until 1776, shortly before his death. They are based partly on Cicero's De Natura Deorum. The Dialogues were published posthumously in 1779, originally with neither the author's nor the publisher's name.< Less