The first volume of David Hume's Essays Moral and Political appeared in 1741, followed one year later by volume two. The Treatise of Human Nature is a long work, divided into three ‘books’ devoted successively to the understanding, to the passions and to morals. It addresses three ideas: the idea of the necessary connection between a cause and its effect, external world and Hume's account of personal identity. Hume starts his philosophy with perceptions, purely mental existences that by their nature can have no being outside the mind. He holds that there are sufficient hard empirical facts to justify the conclusion that the historical starting point of religion is polytheism, and looks at the behaviour of religious communities and finds no grounds for the justification for religion.
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