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4.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 54.19 out of 5 4.19 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hume Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452673509
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First published in 1748, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume’s distillation of his mature philosophy. Addressing themes including the limits of human understanding, the compatibility of free will with determinism, weaknesses in the foundations of religion, and the appeal of skepticism, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Hume’s attempt to revise and clarify the ideas of his earlier A Treatise of Human Nature.

A major work in the empiricist school of thought that included John Locke and George Berkeley, Hume’s work influenced such later authors as Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Jeremy Bentham. Controversial and widely debated since its publication, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a classic of empiricist philosophy whose questions remain as relevant today as ever.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 2/19/2014

    " Amazing critical thinker for his time. I managed to plow through sections of his A Treatise on Human Nature (which is a huge book and one he published just out of college), but this condensed re-write is worlds better. If you're planning on reading it (as opposed to listening to it on an audio book), get ready for lots of commas and run-on sentences. Writers of their time were notorious for this. Still, there are a lot of good ideas here. Especially the Problem of Induction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philosophia | 2/8/2014

    " David Hume is one of the most magnificent and brilliant philosophers to ever live. His 'Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding' revolutionized the philosophy of his time. This is one of the greatest philosophy books ever written and influenced many later thinkers, especially Kant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 2/5/2014

    " Hume was as good a writer as he was a philosopher. What other book convinces you that not only is there no guarantee that the sun will rise tomorrow, but that you are actually foolish to think so? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/2/2014

    " This is an excellent philosophic work on epistemology (how we know what we know). It can be a little dense at times, but it's pretty readable, and the chapter Of Miracles is a stand-alone debunking of testimonies about supernatural events. It's also pretty short, which is rarely a bad thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Peters | 1/15/2014

    " My favorite philosopher and my favorite philosophy book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 1/10/2014

    " Decent. I'm thinking some reasonable things can be salvaged from Hume's enquiry without swallowing his empiricism wholly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/5/2014

    " David Hume is a very interesting Philospher; so far he is the one I lean towards the most. This was a very interesting book, I really appreciate how the author translated this (and I only missed one question on my Hume exam, so I guess that goes to show how well translated!!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alina | 1/4/2014

    " Brilliant. But wrong. But brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Markham | 12/31/2013

    " the OG materialist... the word flux has never been used more gracefully "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schottisch Mckechnie | 12/27/2013

    " well, i think Hume writes in quite an easy-to-understand way and i also think he was the first cognitivist philosopher :))) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/23/2013

    " widely used as a refutation to God's existence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 11/23/2013

    " I consider myself a Humean Existentialist. This work is central to understanding the many of the fundamental morality theories extant today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jp | 9/16/2013

    " This Scot philosopher is described by many as the "wrecking ball" because his ability to tear down what seems to be the most sound logic, especially where religion is concerned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya Soltani | 4/27/2013

    " Many elegant and straight forward thoughts on justified true belief. Very Lockian. I like Hume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Nguyen | 12/27/2012

    " Good introduction to Hume and empirical thought. Hume is a very interesting philosopher who ultimately doubts everything he even believes in. Raises interesting questions concerning the law of uniformity - especially concerning the universe and natural elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach D. | 10/12/2012

    " i was too young, I want to re-read this now... badly. I feel like it would be similar to Kant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy M | 5/19/2012

    " Easily one of the most "fun" philosophy books outside of Plato and Nietzsche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pixie | 4/3/2012

    " Hume is considered one of the great philosophers for a reason,he may be wrong but he is very clear. Love his anti-miracle opinions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathaniel G | 12/16/2011

    " Essential reading if you want to know the peak of British Empirical thought and the most clear and well-reasoned defense of Hume's mitigated skeptical stance. He's also one of the better writers in the Modern period of philosophy and very readable compared to his contemporaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Iacovino | 12/8/2011

    " I wish I read this 15 years ago. Great arguments and I loved the Epicurus dialogue. Just sound reasoning all around. Totally touches on "schema" well before Piaget was ever born. I acquired this on audiobook format via librivox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 7/19/2011

    " Hume conjures blue mountain; eureka. "

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About the Author
Author David Hume

David Hume (1711–1776) devoted himself from early youth to “philosophy and great learning.” His Treatise of Human Nature was not well received on publication, but is now viewed as his masterpiece.

About the Narrator

Gildart Jackson’s acting credits span the stage and screen. He is most often recognized for his roles as Gideon on Charmed and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital. He has also starred in numerous television shows, including CSI and Vegas, and he played the lead in the highly acclaimed independent feature film You, directed by his wife, Melora Hardin.