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  • Published: 31 October 1985
  • ISBN: 9780140432442
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $34.00

A Treatise Of Human Nature




One of the most significant works of Western philosophy, Hume's Treatise was published in 1739-40, before he was thirty years old. A pinnacle of English empiricism, it is a comprehensive attempt to apply scientific methods of observation to a study of human nature, and a vigorous attack upon the principles of traditional metaphysical thought. With masterly eloquence, Hume denies the immortality of the soul and the reality of space; considers the manner in which we form concepts of identity, cause and effect; and speculates upon the nature of freedom, virtue and emotion. Opposed both to metaphysics and to rationalism, Hume's philosophy of informed scepticism sees man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite.

  • Pub date: 31 October 1985
  • ISBN: 9780140432442
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $34.00

About the Author

DAVID HUME

David Hume (1711-76) devoted himself from early youth to 'philosophy and great learning'. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) was not well received on publication, but is now viewed as his masterpiece.

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