Maarten Maartensz

  Philosophy - Hume - Enquiry concerning Human Understanding - TOC



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 reproduced below.

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:
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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 Notes to Section VIII and elsewhere.

Maarten Maartensz
August 16, 2005.

Sections Notes Subsections
Introduction by L.A. Selby-Bigge M.A. Notes I  
Hume's Advertisement Notes H  
Section I: Of the different species of philosophy Notes I 1 - 10
Section II: Of the origin of ideas Notes II 11 - 17
Section III: Of the association of ideas Notes III 18 - 19
Section IV:  Sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding Notes IV
20 - 33
Section V: Sceptical solution of these doubts Notes V 34 - 45
Section VI: Of Probability Notes VI 46 - 47
Section VII: Of the idea of necessary connexion Notes VII 48 - 61
Section VIII: Of liberty and necessity Notes VIII 62 - 81
Section IX: Of the reason of animals Notes IX 82 - 85
Section X: Of miracles Notes X 86 - 101
Section XI: Of a particular providence and of a future state Notes XI
102 - 115
Section XII: Of the academical or sceptical philosophy Notes XII 116 - 132