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ON SEVERAL SUBJECTS.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
BY DAVID HUME, Esq.
AN INQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING ;
A DISSERTATION ON THE PASSIONS ;
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF RELIGION.
A NEW EDITION
PRINTED FOR BELL & BRADFUTE, AND W. BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH ;
REES, ORME & BROWN; LACKINGTON & co.; JOHN
BALDWIN, CRADDOCK & JOY, LONDON.
Gentib Handmar 2-11-49 534271
Most of the principles and reasonings contained in this volume were published in a work in three volumes, called A Treatise of Human Nature ; a work which the Author had projected before he left College, and which he wrote and published not long after. But not finding it successful, he was sensible of his error in going to the press too early, and he cast the whole anew in the following pieces ; where some negligences in his former reasoning, and more in the expression, are, he hopes, corrected. Yet several writers, who have honoured the Author's Philosophy with answers, have taken care to direct all their batteries against that juvenile work, which the Author never acknowledged, and have affected to triumph in any advantages which, they imagined, they had obtained over it ; a practice very contrary to all rules of candour and fair-dealing, and a strong instance of those polemical artifices, which a bigotted. zeal thinks itself authorised to employ. Henceforth the Author desires, that the following Pieces may alone be regarded as containing his philosophical sentiments and principles.