An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  • by David Hume
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Published in 1748, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume's distillation of his mature philosophy. Addressing themes including the limits of human understanding, the compatibility of free will with determinism, weaknesses in the foundations of religion, and the appeal of skepticism, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is Hume's attempt to revise and clarify the ideas of his earlier A Treatise of Human Nature. A major work in the empiricist school of thought that included John Locke and George Berkeley, Hume's work influenced such later authors as Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Jeremy Bentham. Controversial and widely debated since its publication, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a classic of empiricist philosophy whose questions remain as relevant today as ever.

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A Great Work Deserves a Great Performance

Would you try another book from David Hume and/or Gildart Jackson?

David Hume's writing, while scholarly and deep, is very readable and lends itself quite well to oral performance. The Enquiry is one of the most important works in the English language. It is almost as significant to philosophy as Darwin's Origin of Species is to science, and it is intrinsically interesting stuff, not to mention exciting. As such, this work deserves a performance that understands the energy of Hume's writing and the subtleties, even the humor, of his discussion. Jackson's reading is perfunctory, as though a philosophy text requires nothing more than a British accent and a monotonous recitation of the words on the page.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gildart Jackson?

Someone who would read Philsophy as though it were Shakespeare, because that's how significant this work is.


Was An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding worth the listening time?

Of course.


Any additional comments?

In order for Audible to charge money for public domain literature, they need to provide a performance that's better than the monotonous droning available on free podcast versions of these types of works. I would suggest either replacing this title with a better performance, or hiring voice talent to create a new recording of the book.

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- Bob

Refreshing and.. really funny, surprisingly.

Refreshing and mineral rich, like a tall glass clear water with a zest of amusing lemon. This writer is so lovable and honest, you just want to pat his wig, hug him and give him a kiss on the pudgy a cheek.

The language isn't difficult, you just have to pay close attention for 15 min then take a little break, to muse to yourself.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio