The Routledge philosophy guidebooks introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each guidebook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosophers contribution to contemporary thought. David Hume was one of the most important British philosophers of the 18th century. The first part of his "Treatise on Human Nature" is a seminal work in philosophy. "Hume on Knowledge" introduces and assesses: Hume's life and the background of the "Treatise"; the ideas and text in the "Treatise"; and Hume's continuing importance to philosophy.