An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding


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(4.4 stars; 56 reviews)

The Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a shortened and simplified version of Hume's masterpiece A Treatise of Human Nature. It sought to reach a wider audience, and to dispel some of the virulent criticism addressed toward the former book. In it, Hume explains his theory of epistemology, and argues against other current theories, including those of John Locke, George Berkeley, and Nicolas Malebranche. (Summary by Kirsten Ferreri) (5 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Of the Different Species of Philosophy 24:31 Read by Carl Manchester
Of the Origin of Ideas 13:05 Read by Julian Jamison
Of the Association of Ideas 5:16 Read by Gesine
Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding, Pt. 1 15:26 Read by Carl Manchester
Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding, Pt. 2 18:35 Read by Carl Manchester
Sceptical Solution of these Doubts, Pt. 1 15:27 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Sceptical Solution of these Doubts, Pt. 2 20:17 Read by D.E. Wittkower
Of Probability 7:21 Read by Chris Masterson
Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion, Pt. 1 26:33 Read by ML Cohen
Of the Idea of Necessary Connexion, Pt. 2 11:27 Read by ML Cohen
Of Liberty and Necessity, Pt. 1 34:15 Read by Dan Polanco
Of Liberty and Necessity, Pt. 2 15:48 Read by Nathalie J.
Of the Reason of Animals 12:12 Read by Chris Masterson
Of Miracles, Pt. 1 17:32 Read by Leon Mire
Of Miracles, Pt. 2 38:43 Read by Leon Mire
Of A Particular Providence and of a Future State 35:42 Read by Hugh McGuire
Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosopy, Pt. 1 16:46 Read by Justin Brett
Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy, Pt. 2 13:13 Read by Justin Brett
Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy, Pt. 3 11:55 Read by Justin Brett

Reviews

An interesting inquiry


(5 stars)

David Hume's investigation into human understanding is a great example of the beginning rises of science as a reliable form of knowledge and of philosophies slow decline as the main form of acquiring knowledge. The recordin gs are mostly quite good. One monotone and a few slow readers, but otherwise great.

Interesting, some good readers


(5 stars)

He doesn't say anything groundbreaking, but it was interesting to hear things broken down. You don't usually think about thinking. If you're into philosophy, give it a listen. It's pretty short, so if you want something that'll wrap up in a shift this is a good bet.

seminal philosophical text


(4 stars)

Really interesting, but found it hard to read, or out of date, in places.

use better recording equipment


(3 stars)

Middling-quality recordings, deeply fascinating work.

Thank You


(5 stars)

Thank you for this group recording!

Sophistry


(0.5 stars)

A classic example of the empty anti-intellectual rhetoric that flows from the left to this day.

THE BEST


(5 stars)

DAVID HUME WAS ALWAYS AND ALWAYS BE A GENIUS


(5 stars)

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