Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals
Two of David Hume’s most important works of moral philosophy, epistemology, and psychology which together were supposed to make up Hume’s “science of man”. They are a revised version of his earlier work A Treatise of Human Nature which appeared in 1739.
Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume, ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge, M.A. 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902).
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Table of Contents
- NOTE TO THE FIRST EDITION
- NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION
- EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION
- Comparative Tables of the Contents of the Treatise and of the Enquiries and Dissertation on the Passions.
- AN ENQUIRY concerning HUMAN UNDERSTANDING
- SECTION I.: of the different species of philosophy.
- SECTION II.: of the origin of ideas.
- SECTION III.: of the association of ideas.
- SECTION IV.: sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding.
- SECTION V.: sceptical solution of these doubts.
- SECTION VI.: of probability1.
- SECTION VII.: of the idea of necessary connexion.
- SECTION VIII.: of liberty and necessity.
- SECTION IX.: of the reason of animals.
- SECTION X.: of miracles.
- SECTION XI.: of a particular providence and of a future state.
- SECTION XII.: of the academical or sceptical philosophy.
- AN ENQUIRY concerning the PRINCIPLES OF MORALS
- SECTION I.: of the general principles of morals.
- SECTION II.: of benevolence
- SECTION III.: of justice.
- SECTION IV.: of political society.
- SECTION V.: why utility pleases.
- SECTION VI.: of qualities useful to ourselves.
- SECTION VII.: of qualities immediately agreeable to ourselves.
- SECTION VIII.: of qualities immediately agreeable to others1.
- SECTION IX.: conclusion.
- APPENDIX I. concerning moral sentiment.
- APPENDIX II. of self-love.
- APPENDIX III. some farther considerations with regard to justice.
- APPENDIX IV. of some verbal disputes.
- A DIALOGUE.