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A Treatise of Human Nature

A Treatise of Human Nature (1738–40) is a book by Scottish philosopher David Hume, considered by many to be Hume's most important work and one of the most influential works in the history of philosophy. The Treatise is a classic statement of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. In the introduction Hume presents the idea of placing all science and philosophy on a novel foundation: namely, an empirical investigation into human nature.


Nothing is more usual and more natural for those, who pretend to discover any thing new to the wo...

Book 1: Of the understanding

Book 2: Of the passions

Book 3: Of morals


There is nothing I wou'd more willingly lay hold of, than an opportunity of confessing my errors;...