An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals  (1751) 
David Hume

Hume intended this work, of which this is a transcription of the first edition, to replace Volume III. of his three volume Treatise of Human Understanding (1739). [Based on A Bibliography of David Hume and of Scottish Philosophy from Francis Hutcheson to Lord Balfour (1966), by Thomas Edmund Jessop, p.22.]

The errata have been incorporated into the text, with the exception of two which affect footnotes where, due to technical limitations, the errata are indicated by tooltips.


AN

ENQUIRY

CONCERNING THE

PRINCIPLES

OF

MORALS.

AN

ENQUIRY

CONCERNING THE

PRINCIPLES

OF

MORALS.


By DAVID HUME, Esq;




LONDON:

Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catharine-street,
in the Strand. 1751.



CONTENTS.

Section. Page.
I. Of the general Principles of Morals. 1
II. Of Benevolence. 11
III. Of Justice. 33
IV. Of Political Society. 63
V. Why Utility pleases. 73
VI. Of Qualities useful to Ourselves. 105
VII. Of Qualities immediately agreeable to Ourselves. 143
VIII. Of Qualities immediately agreeable to Others. 161
IX. Conclusion of the Whole. 171
Appendix I. Concerning Moral Sentiment. 197
Appendix II. Some farther Considerations with regard to Justice. 213
A Dialogue. 223

ERRATA.

Page 1. Line 10. for excepted read expected. P. 12. L. 24. read our own Gratification. P. 15. L. 2. for one read a. P. 18. L. 3. for others read other Motives. P. 19. L. 9. for for read of. P. 21. L. 1. for from it read from Fame. P. 36. L. 6. for Fellow read Fellows. P. 43. L. 1. for pointed read painted. P. 46. L. 22. read serve to no manner. P. 47. L. 4. for to whom he is not bound by any Ties read to none of which he is bound. P. 50. L. ult. read Render Possessions ever so equal, Men's different Degrees. P. 69. L. 17. where the Search for Health or Pleasure brings. P. 82. L. 18. for then read these. P. 83. L. 4. read that of the Community. P. 86. L. 15. read Circumstance. P. 91. L. 1. read threaten'd. P. 95. L. 1. for alone read along, P. 98. L. 5. for will read shall. P. 117. L. 10. read pretty nearly of the same Kind or Species. P. 129. L. 11. for professes read possesses. P. 145. L. 5. read this Passage. P. 150. L. 22. for even read ever. P. 174. L. 18. read serve to no manner. P. 178. L. 24. read arise. P. 202. L. 9. read is often highly laudable. P. 205. L. 6. read and must suspend. P. 217. L. penult. read tends. P. 227. L. 17. read had been courted. P. 233. L. 11. read that there was a Nation.

In the Notes.

Page 15. Line penult. for these Essays read this Enquiry. P. 55. L. 9. for Essay read Section.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.