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Hume's biography and Hume's philosophy

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (1):1 – 25 (1999)
Abstract
Hume's passing remark that his "ruling passion" was his "love of literary fame" has too easily encouraged the view that he gave up serious philosophizing after writing the _Treatise. The most prominent casualty of this outlook is the first _Enquiry. The article shows "the love of literary fame" to be an entirely appropriate motive for the serious intellectual writer, not an admission of frivolousness. Some further obstacles to taking the _Enquiry seriously are considered, before a short sketch of the _Enquiry's argument and context shows it to be, not a mere collection of essays, but a sustained argument which reveals the broad thrust of Hume's philosophical vision
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