An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

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A splendid edition. Schneewind's illuminating introduction succinctly situates the Enquiry in its historical context, clarifying its relationship to Calvinism, to Newtonian science, and to earlier moral philosophers, and providing a persuasive account of Hume's ethical naturalism. --Martha C. Nussbaum, Brown University

Title:An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780915145454
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  • Fergus

    I run hot and cold when it comes to David Hume...An eighteenth century philosopher who antedated postmodern deconstructionism by several centuries, with this one massive blow of his critical axe he sh...

  • Manny

    It had been some time since I had last visited 221B Baker Street, and when I entered I found my friend engrossed in the study of a slim volume. "Watson!" he said, without lifting his eyes from the tex...

  • Nat

    Hume is the moral philosopher who is most recognizable as a fellow modern human being. In his short autobiographical "My Own Life", he says that the Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals is "inc...

  • Roy Lotz

    Well, this was disappointing.I say this because Hume’s first Enquiry was brilliant, unforgettably so. There, we see Hume as one of the most subtle, most penetrating, and most profound thinkers in We...

  • John Yelverton

    It would be one thing if all Hume did was ask the question, instead, he gives some quite pathetic answers that professors still cram down student's throats....

  • Jibran

    A contemporary reader might think his conclusions to be truisms, but the philosophical climate in Hume's lifetime ensured that his work would be consistently controversial and original. ...

  • Steven Siswandhi

    This is one giant of a book, not for its length nor heaviness of subject, but the themes it touches and its argument. If Hume's first enquiry about human understanding (the book) is about the limit an...

  • Sookie

    Though this was the shortest of the books I've owned of Hume, it took me longest to read it. Though the argument is debated in typical Hume's fashion, its hard to ignore Plato's dialogues echoing ever...

  • Xander

    After A Treatise of Human Nature (1739), according to David Hume himself, "fell dead-bron from the press" he decided to lay out the two main themes of this huge work - epistemology and morality - in t...

  • 8314

    A modern people might skim through Hume's book overlooking the boldness of his statement, that the sense of morality does not have a sacred origin, but is born purely out of profane considerations. I ...