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By David Hume; E. Steinberg (ed.)

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A landmark of Enlightenment concept, Hume's An Enquiry referring to Human Understanding is followed the following by means of shorter works that make clear it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His buddy in Edinburgh, Hume's reaction to these accusing him of atheism, of advocating severe skepticism, and of undermining the rules of morality; and his summary of A Treatise of Human Nature, which anticipates discussions constructed within the Enquiry.

In his concise advent, Eric Steinberg explores the stipulations that led Hume to put in writing the Enquiry and the work's very important dating to e-book I of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature.

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But not finding it successful, he was sensible of his error in going to the press too early, and he cast the whole anew in the following pieces, where some negligences in his former reasoning and more in the expression, are, he hopes, corrected. Yet several writers, who have honoured the Author’s Philosophy with answers, have taken care to direct all their batteries against that juvenile work, which the Author never acknowledged, and have affected to triumph in any advantages, which, they imagined, they had obtained over it: A practice very contrary to all rules of candour and fair-dealing, and a strong instance of those polemical artifices, which a bigotted zeal thinks itself authorized to employ.

No doubt this statement helps explain the hostile reception accorded Hume’s work during his lifetime, yet it does not justify many of the epithets applied to it, nor the fashion in which it was dismissed. David Hume was born on April 26,1711, in Edinburgh, Scotland, not far from his family’s estate at Ninewells, Berwickshire. Although little is known of his early education, in the early 1720s he entered the University of Edinburgh, where he stayed for a few years before leaving without a degree.

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