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An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals by David Hume

The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Chapter by Chapter Summary and Author Biography
Narrated by: Doug Eisengrein
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Classics, Non-fiction
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An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals was published in 1751 by Scottish enlightenment philosopher David Hume, a man who revolutionized our understanding of philosophy. Hume uses this work to explore the foundations of morality, asserting that our ethical nature is based upon sentiment rather than reason. He delves deeply into the subject of morality, expanding upon the perspective expressed initially in his Treatise of Human Nature. Hume claimed in his autobiography that this piece is "of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best." Hume was a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment and his work formed the foundation of modern psychology.

The full narration of this AudioLearn version of Hume's text is preceded by a summary, which includes a biography, background information on the work, and an overview of the material covered. The summary also includes a synopsis and analysis of the text, as well as an examination of its historical context, its social impact, and the criticisms it evoked.

This work is suitable for students of philosophy and psychology, as well as for anyone interested in coming to a deeper understanding of the nature of the mind.

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Terrible narrator

David Hume’s masterpiece is strangled by the worst narration I’ve encountered on Audible. Surely even a student could research the correct pronunciation of Edinburgh. The robotic style made Hume’s difficult 18th century prose incomprehensible - was it produced by a machine perhaps? I returned this book after 4 chapters.

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  • Adam Steeber
  • 14-12-17

The performance is abysmal

This is a classic book full of insight into justice, politics, and morality. The reader, however, doesn't understand what he is reading. Many words are mispronounced or replaced with different words that sound similar (e.g. he says immortality instead of immorality). Every question is spoken with the same 'dumb teenager' upward inflection. I couldn't get through it, instead I bought the book and read it the old fashioned way.

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  • Theo Horesh
  • 19-08-17

Masterful Classic, Idiotic Narration

This is an under appreciated classic in moral philosophy. It actually inaugurates two separate schools of moral philosophy, utiliarianism and a theory of sentiments, into a coherent whole. For a classic in philosophy it is relatively easy to understand and unusually well grounded in common moral intuitions. Hume also happens to be, for a philosopher, an unusually good writer.

However, the reading is idiotic, robotic, and lazy. There were dozens of instances in which the reader clearly mispronounced something, like barbarous pronounced as bar-bear-us, without correcting it in the editing. There were countless mispronunciations of philosophical terms, like util-Arianism, which was a massive distraction, highlighting the fact that the reader had no idea whatsoever what he was narrating. But the biggest problem was the lazy, robotic sense of disengagement with the text. I hesitate to say this, having watched Joey struggle through something like 10 seasons of friends with his bad acting, but this guy desperately needs to find a new line of work or else take what he is doing far more seriously.

Nevertheless, the material is so good it is worth at least a couple of listens.

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  • Lee
  • 02-05-19

Not what I thought it was

I didn’t know this was just a summary of his writing which is my fault but the narrator is very wooden. I kept finding myself daydreaming during the narrative.