A Treatise of Human Nature

Author: David Hume

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My design in the present work is sufficiently explained in the Introduction. The reader must only observe, that all the subjects I have there planned out to myself, are not treated of in these two volumes. The subjects of the Understanding and Passions make a compleat chain of reasoning by themselves; and I was willing to take advantage of this natural division, in order to try the taste of the public. If I have the good fortune to meet with success, I shall proceed to the examination of Morals, Politics, and Criticism; which will compleat this Treatise of Human Nature. The approbation of the public I consider as the greatest reward of my labours; but am determined to regard its judgment, whatever it be, as my best instruction.


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Chicago: David Hume, "VOL. I OF THE UNDERSTANDING.," A Treatise of Human Nature Original Sources, accessed June 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1K1VX41Z1GGI15M.

MLA: Hume, David. "VOL. I OF THE UNDERSTANDING." A Treatise of Human Nature, Original Sources. 24 Jun. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1K1VX41Z1GGI15M.

Harvard: Hume, D 1738, 'VOL. I OF THE UNDERSTANDING.' in A Treatise of Human Nature. Original Sources, retrieved 24 June 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1K1VX41Z1GGI15M.