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Hume's Enquiry
Expanded and Explained

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ISBN 9781138504523
March 12, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

Hume’s Enquiry: Expanded and Explained includes the entire classical text of David Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding in bold font, a running commentary blended seamlessly into the text in regular font, and analytic summaries of each section. The commentary is like a professor on hand to guide the reader through every line of the daunting prose and every move in the intricate argumentation. The unique design helps students learn how to read and engage with one of modern philosophy's most important and exciting classics.

Key Features:

  • Includes the entire original text.
  • Provides helpful summaries of each paragraph.
  • Offers commentary on every line of text.
  • Removes the gap between and commentary and text.

Table of Contents

Introductory Note
Analytic Table of Contents

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Section 1: Of the different species of philosophy

Section 2: Of the origin of ideas

Section 3: Of the association of ideas

Section 4: Sceptical doubts concerning the operations of the understanding

Section 5: Sceptical solutions of these doubtsm

Section 6: Of probability

Section 7: Of the idea of necessary connection

Section 8: Of Liberty and Necessity

Section 9: Of The Reason of Animals

Section 10: Of Miracles

Section 11: Of a Particular Providence and a Future State

Section 12: Of the Academical or Sceptical Philosophy

Bibliography (for the Expanded and Explained edition)

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Scott Stapleford is Professor of Philosophy at St. Thomas University, Fredericton. He is the author of Kant’s Transcendental Arguments: Disciplining Pure Reason (2008), coauthor of Berkeley’s Principles: Expanded and Explained (2016, with Tryon Goldschmidt), coauthor of Logic Works: A Rigorous Introduction to Formal Logic (2021, with Lorne Falkenstein and Molly Kao), coeditor of Epistemic Duties: New Arguments, New Angles (2020, with Kevin McCain), and series editor (with Kevin McCain) of Routledge Studies in Epistemology.

Tyron Goldschmidt is Fellow of the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of various books, including Ontological Arguments (2020), editor of various volumes, including Nonbeing: New Essays on the Metaphysics of Nonexistences (2021, with Sara Bernstein), and has articles in various academic journals, including the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and Philosophers’ Imprint.


"This is a highly innovative and exciting approach to one of the great classics of philosophy. Primarily aimed at students, I strongly suspect that experienced scholars will benefit greatly from seeing Hume through the fresh lens of this volume."
Michael Ruse, Florida State University

 "In the Middle Ages philosophy was often conducted via commentaries on what in the day were considered the great philosophical works. This had the benefit of being immensely useful for students seeking an initial understanding, but also for the established scholars seeking to deepen their understanding of the texts familiar to them. It is extremely refreshing to see this approach – with the concomitant advantages above – deftly re-visited, illuminating this philosophical classic."
Anthony R. Booth, University of Sussex