1739 - David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature

David Hume was one of the towering geniuses of the Scottish Enlightenment - a time when Scotland's prominent role in the European Enlightenment earned Edinburgh the description of 'Athens of the North'. He is regarded as perhaps the greatest of the 18th-century philosophers, and A Treatise of Human Nature (3 volumes, 1739-1740) is today his most widely-studied book.

In the Treatise Hume considers the four sciences of Logic, Morals, Criticism, and Politics, and adopts a new method, 'to march up directly to the capital or centre of these sciences, to human nature itself . in pretending, therefore, to explain the principles of human nature, we in effect propose a complete system of the sciences, built on a foundation almost entirely new, and the only one upon which they can stand with any security.'

David Hume. A treatise on human nature. 3 vols. London: J. Noon, 1739-1740. [Ven].5.11

David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature


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