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
The paper 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.
In contrast, 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.
Because the 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.
The present 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
to Section VIII and elsewhere.
August 16, 2005.