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Published in 1748, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume's distillation of his mature philosophy. Addressing themes including the limits of human understanding, the compatibility of free will with determinism, weaknesses in the foundations of religion, and the appeal of skepticism, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Hume's attempt to revise and clarify the ideas of his earlier A Treatise of Human Nature. A major work in the empiricist school of thought that included John Locke and George Berkeley, Hume's work influenced such later authors as Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Jeremy Bentham. Controversial and widely debated since its publication, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a classic of empiricist philosophy whose questions remain as relevant today as ever.
First published in 1748, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a classic of empiricism from Scottish philosopher David Hume.
About the Author
David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist whose best known works include A Treatise of Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, An Enquiry Concerning the Principle of Morals, The History of England, and The Natural History of Religion. Born in Edinburgh, he attended Edinburgh University and lived for several years in La Flèche, France. Hume's work is centrally concerned with the psychological characterics of human nature and the foundations of human understanding and is characterized by a pervasive skepticism regarding received wisdom, religion, and other institutions. A towering figure in empiricist philsophy, Hume influenced writers including Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, William James, and Jeremy Bentham, and his work is often considered a precursor to contemporary cognitive science. With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, as well as guest appearances on Stargate: Atlantis, Las Vegas, and CSI. Theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.