This book, first published in 1990, is a detailed examination of David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. It shows that the theory of mind developed in the Trestise is a thread which ties together many of the seemingly unrelated philosophical issues discussed in the work. Hume’s primary objective was to defend a ‘bundle theory’ of mind, and, through a close examination of the texts, this book provides a thorough account of how Hume understood this theory and the problems he discovered with it.
1. Hume’s Method 2. Fundamentals 3. Thought 4. Substance 5. Necessary Connection 6. Bodies and Bundles 7. Personal Identity 8. The Enquiries