Thinking in Time in Hume's Essays

Hume Studies 36 (1):3-23 (2011)
In this essay, I approach the final, posthumously published version of Hume's Essays, Volume 1, as an artfully shaped whole. While scholars have recognized the importance of the Essays to Hume's career and thought, and individual essays have been well explicated, less attention has been paid to the Essays as a unified work in a particular genre. Eugene Miller notes that the Essays occupied Hume throughout his life, and indeed Hume was adding to them right up to his death.1 And Hume's use of the essay was extensive. Whether or not we accept M. A. Box's argument that the Treatise itself should be understood as an essay, it is clear that Hume thought essays a proper vehicle for a variety of projects: he turned to ..
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