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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.