An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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    David Hume

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    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

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David Hume, an empiricist philosopher, takes on perhaps one of the most challenging of conceivable problems in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Moving beyond Descartes classic statement, “I think, therefore I am,” Hume addresses issues of knowing that fall outside the realms of active thought or incremental learning. While innumerable philosophers discuss various aspects of experience, Hume stands alone in his successful treatise on the nature of experience itself.


This book has proven highly influential, both in the years that would immediately follow and today. Immanuel Kant points to it as the book which woke him from his self-described "dogmatic slumber". The Enquiry is widely regarded as a classic in modern philosophical literature.

大卫·休谟,18世纪英国哲学家、经济学家和历史学家,与约翰·洛克及乔治·贝克莱并称三大英国经验主义者。他被视为是苏格兰启蒙运动以及西方哲学历史中最重要的人物之一。主要著作有《 人性论 》 、《道德和政治论说文集》、《人类理解研究》等。

David Hume (7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.


Moral philosophy, or the science of human nature, may be treated after two different manners; each of which has its peculiar merit, and may contribute to the entertainment, instruction, and reformation of mankind. The one considers man chiefly as born for action; and as influenced in his measures by taste and sentiment; pursuing one object, and avoiding another, according to the value which these objects seem to possess, and according to the light in which they present themselves. As virtue, of all objects, is allowed to be the most valuable, this species of philosophers paint her in the most amiable colours; borrowing all helps from poetry and eloquence, and treating their subject in an easy and obvious manner, and such as is best fitted to please the imagination, and engage the affections. They select the most striking observations and instances from common life; place opposite characters in a proper contrast; and alluring us into the paths of virtue by the views of glory and happiness, direct our steps in these paths by the soundest precepts and most illustrious examples. They make us feel the difference between vice and virtue; they excite and regulate our sentiments; and so they can but bend our hearts to the love of probity and true honour, they think, that they have fully attained the end of all their labours.

  • 第一章 论哲学的不同类别
  • 第二章 论观念的起源
  • 第三章 论观念的联系
  • 第四章 对理解活动的怀疑
  • 第五章 针对这些疑虑的怀疑主义解决方案
  • 第六章 论可然性
  • 第七章 论必然联系的观念
  • 第八章 论自由与必然
  • 第九章 论动物的理性
  • 第十章 论奇迹
  • 第十一章 论天意和来世
  • 第十二章 论怀疑哲学
  • Section I Of the Different Species of Philosophy
  • Section II Of the Origin of Ideas
  • Section III Of the Association of Ideas
  • Section IV Sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding
  • Section V Sceptical Solution of the Doubts
  • Section VI Of Probability
  • Section VII Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion
  • Section VIII Of Liberty and Necessity
  • Section IX Of the Reason of Animals
  • Section X Of Miracles
  • Section XI Of a Particular Providence and of a Future State
  • Section XII Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy