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The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of truly practical and accessible guides to major philosophical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world up to modern times. Each book opens with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist which covers the philosopher's life, work, and influence. Endnotes, a full bibliography, guides to further reading, and an index are also included. The series aims to build a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, forming a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike.

David Hume's comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy. It is also the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th-century philosophy The Treatise first explains how we form such concepts as cause and effect, external existence, and personal identity, and how we create compelling but unverifiable beliefs in the entities represented by these concepts. It then offers a novel account of the passions, explains freedom and necessity as they apply to human choices and actions, and concludes with a detailed explanation of how we distinguish between virtue and vice. The volume features Hume's own abstract of the Treatise, a substantial introduction that explains the aims of the Treatise as a whole and of each of its ten parts, a comprehensive index, and suggestions for further reading.


1343907 Includes bibliographical references (p. 585-594) and index.

About the Author

David Norton is Macdonald Professor of Moral Philosophy and Co-director of the Hume Society/National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on the Philosophy of David Hume.

Mary J. Norton is an independent scholar

Table of Contents


How to Use this Book

List of Abbreviations

Editor's Introduction

Hume's Early years and Education

A Treatise of Human Nature

Book 1: Of the Understanding

Book 1 part 1: The Elements of the Mental World

Book 1 Part 2: The Ideas of Space and Time

Book 1 Part 3: Knowledge, Probability, Belief, and Causation

Book 1 Part 4: Forms of Scepticism

Book 2: Of the passions

Book 2 Part 1: The Indirect Passions of Pride and Humility

Book 2 Part 2: The Indirect Passions of Love and Hatred

Book 2 part 3: The Direct Passions and the Will

Book 3: Of Morals

Book 3 Part 1: The Source of Moral Distinctions

Book 3 Part 2: The Artificial Virtues

Book 3 Part 3: Natural Virtues and Natural Abilities

The Abstract and the Early Reception of the Treatise

Supplementary Reading

A Note on the Texts of this Edition




Book 1: Of the Understanding

Part 1: Of ideas, their origin, composition, connexion, abstraction, etc.

Sect. 1: Of the origin of our ideas

Sect. 2: Division of the subject

Sect. 3: Of the ideas of the memory and imagination

Sect. 4: Of the connexion of association of ideas

Sect. 5. Of relations

Sect. 6 Of modes and substances

Sect. 7: Of abstract ideas

Part 2: Of ideas of space and time

Sect. 1: Of the infinite divisibility of our ideas of space and time

Sect. 2: Of the infinite divisibility of space and time

Sect. 3. Of the other qualities of our ideas of space and time

Sect. 4. Objections answered

Sect. 5: The same subject continued

Sect. 6: Of the idea of existence and of external existence

Part 3: of knowledge and probability

Sect. 1: Of knowledge

Sect. 2. Of probability; and of the idea of cause and effect

Sect. 3: Why a cause is always necessary

Sect. 4: Of the component parts of our reasonings concerning cause and effect

Sect. 5: Of the impressions of the senses and memory

Section. 6: Of the inference from the impression to the idea

Sect. 7: Of the nature of the idea or belief

Sect. 8: Of the causes of belief

Sect. 9: Of the effects of other relations and other habits

Sect 10. Of the influence of belief

Sect. 11: Of the probability of chances

Sect. 12: Of the probability of causes

Sect. 13: Of unphilosophical probability

Sect. 14: Of the idea of necessary connexion

Sect. 15: Rules by which to judge of causes and effects

Sect. 16: Of the reason of animals

Part 4: Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy

Sect. 1: Of scepticism with regard to reason

Sect. 2: Of scepticism with regard to the senses

Sect. 3. Of the ancient philosophy

Sect 4. Of the modern philosophy

Sect. 5: Of the immateriality of the soul

Sect. 6: Of personal identity

Sect. 7: Conclusion of this book

Book 2: Of the Passions

Part 1: Of pride and humility

Sect. 1: Division of the subject

Sect. 2: Of pride and humility; their objects and causes

Sect. 3: Whence these objects and causes are derived

Sect. 4: Of the relations of impressions and ideas

Sect. 5: Of the influence of these relations on pride and humility

Sect. 6: Limitations of this system

Sect. 7: Of vice and virtue

Sect. 8: Of beauty and deformity

Sect. 9: Of external advantages and disadvantages

Sect. 10: Of property and riches

Sect. 11: Of the love of fame

Sect. 12: Of the pride and humility of animals

Part 2: Of love and hatred

Sect. 1: Of the objects and causes of love and hatred

Sect. 2: Experiments to confirm this system

Sect. 3: Difficulties solved

Sect. 4: Of the love of relations

Sect. 5: Of our esteem for the rich and powerful

Sect 6: Of benevolence and anger

Sect. 7: Of compassion

Sect. 8: Of malice and envy

Sect. 9: Of the mixture of benevolence and anger with compassion and malice

Sect. 10. Of respect and contempt

Sect. 11: Of the amorous passion, or love betwixt the sexes

Sect. 12: Of the love and hatred of animals

Part 3: Of the will and direct passions

Sect. 1: Of liberty and necessity

Sect. 2: The same subject continued

Sect. 3: Of the influencing motives of the will

Sect. 4: Of the causes of the violent passions

Sect. 5: Of the effects of custom

Sect. Of the influence of the imagination on passions

Sect. 7: Of contiguity and distance in space and time

Sect. 8: The same subject continued

Sect. 9: Of the direct passions

Sect. 10: Of curiosity, or the love of truth

Book 3: Of Morals


Part 1: Of virtue and vice in general

Sect. 1: Moral distinctions not derived from reason

Sect. 2: Moral distinctions derived from a moral sense

Part 2: Of justice and injustice

Sect. 1: Justice, whether a natural or artificial virtue?

Sect. 2: Of the origin of justice and property

Sect. 3: Of the rules, which determine property

Sect. 4: Of the transference of property by consent

Sect. 5: Of the obligation of promises

Sect. 6: Some farther reflections concerning justice and injustice

Sect. 7: Of the origin of government

Sect. 8: Of the source of allegiance

Sect. 9: Of the measures of allegiance

Sect. 10: Of the objects of allegiance

Sect. 11: Of the laws of nations

Sect. 12: Of chastity and modesty

Part 3: Of the other virtues and vices

Sect. 1: Of the origin of the natural virtues and vices

Sect. 2: Of greatness of mind

Sect. 3. Of goodness and benevolence

Sect. 4: Of natural abilities

Sect. 5: Some farther reflections concerning the natural virtues

Sect. 6: Conclusion of this book


An Abstract of ... A Treatise of Human Nature


Editors' Annotations

Annotations to the Treatise

Annotations to the Abstract




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Norton, David Fate
Norton, Mary J.
Norton, Mary J.
Hume, David
null, David
Norton, Mary J.
null, Mary J.
null, David Fate
Norton, David Fate
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