Mr. David Hume
Mr. David Hume
An Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingBy David Hume
David Hume, a Scottish empirical philosopher, published An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding in 1748. It was a shorter and more simple version of Hume's earlier piece called A Treatise of Human Nature. After the Treatise wasn't accepted well by the public, Hume decided to write the Enquiry in order to emphasize his earlier ideas and explain them more clearly. Hume first writes about impressions and ideas. He states that ideas, which are thoughts and beliefs, are built from simple impressions, which are emotions.

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 Probability
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

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