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MORAL, POLITICAL, AND LITERARY

BY DAVID HUME

EDITED, WITH PRELIMINARY DISSERTATIONS AND NOTES, BY

T. H. GREEN and T. H. GROSE

LATE FELLOW AND TUTOR OF BALLIOL FELLOW AND TUTOR OF QUIEt'i

COLLEGE, OXFORD COLLEGE, OXFORD

IN TWO VOLUMES
Vol. I.

NEW EDITION

LONDON
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

AND NEW YORK: 15 EAST 16" STREET
1889

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ADVERTISEMENT.

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 the 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.1

1 [For the history of this Advertisement, which was first published in the second volume of the posthumous Edition of 1777, see Vol. III. p. 38.—Ed.}

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