Synopses & Reviews
This volume includes the major works of the British Empiricists, philosophers who sought to derive all knowledge from experience. All essays are complete except that of Locke, which Professor Richard Taylor of Brown University has skillfully abridged.
The rise and fall of British Empiricism is philosophy's most dramatic example of pushing premises to their logical--and fatal--conclusions. Born in 1690 with the appearance of Locke's Essay, Empiricism flourished as the reigning school until 1739 when Hume's Treatise strangled it with its own cinctures after a period of Berkeley's optimistic idealism. The Empiricists collects the key writings on this important philosophy, perfect for those interested in learning about this movement with just one book.
Table of Contents
An essay concerning human understanding / John Locke ; abridged by Richard Taylor -- A treatise concerning the principles of human knowledge ; Three dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, in opposition to sceptics and atheists / George Berkeley -- An enquiry concerning human understanding ; Dialogues concerning natural religion / David Hume.