A Treatise of Human Nature

    Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects

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      “A Treatise of Human Nature” is a philosophical work by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, first published in three volumes in 1739 and 1740. Hume is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Western philosophy and a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.


      The treatise is divided into three books:

      1. Book I: “Of the Understanding”
        • Hume begins by exploring the nature of ideas and impressions. He argues that all our mental content can be categorized as either impressions, which are more vivid and forceful, or ideas, which are fainter copies of impressions.
        • Hume also discusses the principles of association, such as resemblance, contiguity, and cause and effect, which he believes govern the way our ideas are connected in the mind.
      2. Book II: “Of the Passions”
        • In this book, Hume investigates human emotions and sentiments, which he refers to as “passions.” He analyzes various emotions, including love, hate, pride, humility, and others, examining their origins and the role they play in human psychology.
      3. Book III: “Of Morals”
        • The third book focuses on moral philosophy. Hume explores the nature of moral distinctions and the foundations of ethics. He argues against the existence of innate moral ideas, asserting that moral judgments are based on sentiment and emotional responses rather than reason alone.
        • Hume is famously known for his discussion of the “is-ought problem,” suggesting that it is logically fallacious to derive normative statements (what ought to be) from purely descriptive statements (what is).

      While “A Treatise of Human Nature” did not achieve immediate success upon its initial publication, it has since become a classic in the history of philosophy. Hume’s empirical and skeptical approach to understanding human nature and his contributions to epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics have had a profound influence on subsequent philosophical thought.

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      Publisher : Book.io

      Series : Monday Meditations

      First Publication Date : 1739

      Author : David Hume

      Genres: Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Treatise

      Language : English

      Word Count : 175,000

      Format : DEA (Decentralized Encrypted Asset)

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      Cover Art : Includes 4K hi-resolution book cover

      Cardano Retail Price : 299 ADA

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      David Hume

      David Hume (1711–1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, and he is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Western philosophy.

      Hume's most significant work is "A Treatise of Human Nature," published in three volumes between 1739 and 1740. In this work, he explored topics such as the nature of human understanding, emotions, and morality. While the "Treatise" did not gain immediate popularity, it has since become highly i… Read More

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