This is the Table
Of Contents (TOC) of this html-edition of Hume's Enquiry concerning
Human Understanding. This follows the so called 'Second Edition' of
1902 edited by L.A. Selby-Bigge, whose introduction to it is also
versions of Hume's works that I have consulted and indeed often used
are my own copies of the so called 'Third Edition' of the Enquiries of
1975 edited by P.H. Nidditch, and the Pelican Classics edition of the 'Treatise
of Human Nature' of 1969, edited by E.C. Mossner. Both of my copies
are in paperback.
The edition of
Nidditch (which may be out of print) has the added benefit of having a
fine index of terms and names, compiled by Selby-Bigge, and of having
fairly extensive Notes by Nidditch.
The texts that
follow have many links, and come all with a group of usually four
arrows at the beginning and the end of each text, that look thus:
These have in general the following effect when clicked:
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Every file of
Hume's text links to a file with my notes, the links to which are
between square brackets preceded by "N", as in "[N1]". In order to
allow the reader to read my notes independently, they all start with a
quotation in blue of the passage they annotate, and that generally ends
with the link to the note in Hume's text.
Hume's own notes are indicated by a "H" and are made superscript, like
so[H1]. Also, my Notes to Hume's footnotes are usually
identified as such.
passages I annotate are repeated in my Notes, it is possible to read
the Notes without reading the Text that is annotated. However, each
file of Notes has at its beginning a link to the Text it annotates, and
likewise that Text has at its beginning a link to my Notes to it.
version of my Notes is a first draft version, compiled in the summer of
2005. It is critical of Hume in insisting that a rational approach to
induction is to replace it by abduction and probabilistic confirmation,
and in proposing a new analysis of liberty free will. Both can be found
in my Notes
to Section VIII and elsewhere.
August 16, 2005.