A Treatise of Human Nature, a Treatise of the World?

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 43)


My contention is to understand in what manner Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature should be considered: is it a Traité de l’homme or is it a major contribution to modern historical anthropology? I shall emphasize the fact that from Descartes to Hume the problem of what “human nature” is contrasts very strongly. Such contrasts are to be based (1) on the very specific dimension of Hume’s scepticism; (2) on the fact that human nature should be now considered as basically historical.


Human Nature Seventeenth Century Moral Philosophy Rational Animal Substantial Union 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Triangle-CNRS, UMR 5206, Département des sciences humainesENS de LyonLyon Cédex 07France

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