An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

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Author: David Hume

Author’s Advertisement.

Most of the principles, and reasonings, contained in this volume,

[Footnote: Volume II. of the posthumous edition of Hume’s works published in 1777 and containing, besides the present ENQUIRY, A DISSERTATION ON THE PASSIONS, and AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. A reprint of this latter treatise has already appeared in The Religion of Science Library (NO. 45)]

were published in a work in three volumes, called A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE: A work which the Author had projected before he left College, and which he wrote and published not long after. But not finding it successful, he was sensible of his error in going to the press too early, and he cast the whole anew in the following pieces, where some negligences in his former reasoning and more in the expression, are, he hopes, corrected. Yet several writers who have honoured the Author’s Philosophy with answers, have taken care to direct all their batteries against that juvenile work, which the author never acknowledged, and have affected to triumph in any advantages, which, they imagined, they had obtained over it: A practice very contrary to all rules of candour and fair-dealing, and a strong instance of those polemical artifices which a bigotted zeal thinks itself authorized to employ. Henceforth, the Author desires, that the following Pieces may alone be regarded as containing his philosophical sentiments and principles.

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Chicago: David Hume, "Author’s Advertisement.," An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, ed. Wrong, George M., and Langton, H. H. in An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (Chicago: The Open Court Publ. Co., 1912), Original Sources, accessed July 2, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=JZ5I8SY18QRZ2J8.

MLA: Hume, David. "Author’s Advertisement." An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, edited by Wrong, George M., and Langton, H. H., in An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, Chicago, The Open Court Publ. Co., 1912, Original Sources. 2 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=JZ5I8SY18QRZ2J8.

Harvard: Hume, D, 'Author’s Advertisement.' in An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, ed. . cited in 1912, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, The Open Court Publ. Co., Chicago. Original Sources, retrieved 2 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=JZ5I8SY18QRZ2J8.