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Summary David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish thinker who made substantial contributions to the fields of epistemology, metaphysics, religion, mind, aesthetics, morals, politics, history and economics. He is traditionally classified as one of the three most important British empiricists along with John Locke (1632-1704) and George Berkeley (1685-1753).  
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Hume’s major philosophical works include A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-1740), An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748), An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751) and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779). Oxford has recent scholarly editions of the Treatise (Norton & Norton 2007), the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Beauchamp 2006), and the Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (Beauchamp 2006). Editions of the Dialogues include Coleman 2007, Gaskin 1998/2009 and Kemp Smith 1935. Hume also wrote numerous essays on a variety of topics collected together in Essays, Moral, Political and Literary (Miller 1987) and a six-volume History of England (1754-1761) (Todd 1983).

Introductions There are many introductions and anthologies on Hume’s works. Select introductory works include Brown & Morris 2012, Wright 2009, Blackburn 2008 and Garrett 1997. For more comprehensive anthologies see Bailey & O'Brien 2012, Norton & Taylor 2008 and Radcliffe 2008. Excellent encyclopedia articles can be found online at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.The standard biography of Hume is Mossner 1954.
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  1. Treatise on Values.H. D. A. & Samuel L. Hart - 1950 - Journal of Philosophy 47 (26):782.
  2. A Treatise on Language. [REVIEW]Virgil C. Aldrich - 1949 - Journal of Philosophy 46 (19):615-622.
  3. La place de la critique de Hume dans la formation du réalisme à Oxford dans la première moitié du XXe siècle : quelques aspects.Christophe Alsaleh - 2003 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 2 (2):199-212.
  4. Dialogue Between Berkeley and Hume.Ancillon Louis Frédéric & Stanley Charlotte - 2001 - Hume Studies 27 (1):99-127.
  5. 8. Samuel Johnson and the Question of Enlightenment in England.Edward Andrew - 2006 - In Patrons of Enlightenment. University of Toronto Press. pp. 154-169.
  6. David Hume's Theory of Value.S. Ardal Pall - unknown
    This thesis is neither e page to page commentary nor en assessment of Hume's place in the history of Philosophy. It mainly consists in an attempt at justifying a certain approach to the Interpretation of his theory of value with special reference to morals.
  7. A Jew and a Gentleman.Shlomo Avineri - 2007 - In George Crowder & Henry Hardy (eds.), The One and the Many: Reading Isaiah Berlin. Prometheus Books.
  8. The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise.Charles Babbage - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    Charles Babbage was an English mathematician, philosopher and mechanical engineer who invented the concept of a programmable computer. From 1828 to 1839 he was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a position whose holders have included Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. A proponent of natural religion, he published The Ninth Bridgewater Treatise in 1837 as his personal response to The Bridgewater Treatises, a series of books on theology and science that had recently appeared. Disputing the claim that science disfavours religion, (...)
  9. On the Compatibility Between Euclidean Geometry and Hume’s Denial of Infinite Divisibility.Emil Badici - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (2):231-244.
    It has been argued that Hume’s denial of infinite divisibility entails the falsity of most of the familiar theorems of Euclidean geometry, including the Pythagorean theorem and the bisection theorem. I argue that Hume’s thesis that there are indivisibles is not incompatible with the Pythagorean theorem and other central theorems of Euclidean geometry, but only with those theorems that deal with matters of minuteness. The key to understanding Hume’s view of geometry is the distinction he draws between a precise and (...)
  10. Hume’s Touchstone.Annette C. Baier - 2010 - Hume Studies 36 (1):51-60.
    Hume’s sections on the reason of animals are considered. He claims that animals show what we find extraordinary sagacity, in nest building and migration, as well as needing to learn many things from experience, just as we do. He issues a challenge to any rival account of our own powers to do as well or better than he does in accounting for the continuities, and discontinuities, between animal and human cognitive achievements. Yet when he looks at our ability to recognize (...)
  11. How Wide Is Hume’s Circle?Annette C. Baier - 2006 - Hume Studies 32 (1):113-117.
  12. A Conversation Between Annette Baier and Anik Waldow About Hume’s Account of Sympathy.Annette C. Baier & Anik Waldow - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (1):61-87.
    We discuss the variety of sorts of sympathy Hume recognizes, the extent to which he thinks our sympathy with others’ feelings depends on inferences from the other’s expression, and from her perceived situation, and consider also whether he later changed his views about the nature and role of sympathy, in particular its role in morals.
  13. A Treatise of Morall Phylosophye.William Baldwin - 1550 - E. Whitchurche.
  14. A Treatise of Morall Phylosophye. The Fourth Time Enlarged by T. Paulfreyman.William Baldwin & Thomas Palfreyman - 1579 - R. Robinson.
  15. A Treatise of Morall Phylosophye. Twise Augmented by T. Paulfreyman.William Baldwin & Thomas Palfreyman - 1564 - R. Tottill.
  16. A Treatise of Morall Phylosophye. Newelye Sette Foorthe and Enlarged by T. Paulfreyman.William Baldwin & Thomas Palfreyman - 1555 - In Aed. R. Totteli.
  17. Morality as a Back-Up System: Hume's View?Marcia Baron - 1988 - Hume Studies 14 (1):25-52.
  18. Slaves of the Passions. [REVIEW]Barry Melissa - 2010 - Hume Studies 36 (2):225-228.
  19. Hidden Spoor: Ruan Xiaoxu and His Treatise on Reclusion.Alan Berkowitz - 1991 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 111 (4):704.
  20. Hume’s Law: An Essay on Moral Reasoning. [REVIEW]Lorraine Besser-Jones - 2005 - Hume Studies 31 (1):177-180.
  21. Spinoza, Hume, and the Fate of the Natural Law Tradition.Rudmer Bijlsma - 2015 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 76 (4):267-283.
  22. Le système chez Hume. Une écriture stratégique et théâtrale.Michaël Biziou - 1992 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 182 (2):173 - 199.
  23. Thinking in Time in Hume’s Essays.Scott Black - 2010 - Hume Studies 36 (1):3-23.
    This essay treats the final version of Hume’s Essays, Volume 1, as an artfully shaped whole. Framed by essays on taste that address the interaction of personal and social dynamics, the volume is organized into loose clusters of political and moral essays that share a common pattern of offering multiple approaches to the issues they examine and pursuing a given idea until it reaches a point of excess that generates a salutary correction. This activity circumscribes an inexact range of balance, (...)
  24. Hume’s Epistemic Naturalism in the Treatise.Tim Black - 2011 - Hume Studies 37 (2):211-242.
    We can understand epistemic naturalism as the view that there are cases in which we are justified in holding a belief and cases in which we are not so justified, and that we can distinguish cases of one sort from cases of the other with reference to non-normative facts about the mechanisms that produce them. By my lights, Hume is an epistemic naturalist of this sort, and I propose in this paper a novel and detailed account of his epistemic naturalism. (...)
  25. Filling the Gaps in Hume’s Vacuums.Miren Boehm - 2012 - Hume Studies 38 (1):79-99.
    The paper addresses two difficulties that arise in Treatise 1.2.5. First, Hume appears to be inconsistent when he denies that we have an idea of a vacuum or empty space yet allows for the idea of an “invisible and intangible distance.” My solution to this difficulty is to develop the overlooked possibility that Hume does not take the invisible and intangible distance to be a distance at all. Second, although Hume denies that we have an idea of a vacuum, some (...)
  26. Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences.Ruth Boeker - forthcoming - Hume Studies.
    Hume’s theory of personal identity is developed in response to Locke’s account of personal identity. Yet it is striking that Hume does not emphasize Locke’s distinction between persons and human beings. It seems even more striking that Hume’s account of the self in Books 2 and 3 of the Treatise has less scope for distinguishing persons from human beings than his account in Book 1. This is puzzling, because Locke originally introduced the distinction in order to answer questions of moral (...)
  27. David Hume, Prophet of the Counter-Revolution.Laurence L. Bongie - 1965 - Clarendon Press.
  28. La leggenda storiografica di Hume.Guido Bonino - 1996 - Rivista di Filosofia 87:241-265.
  29. Mr. Boswell Dines with Professor Kant Being a Part of James Boswell's Journal, Until Now Unknown, Found in the Castle of Balmeanach on the Isle of Muck.James Boswell & American Life Foundation - 1995
  30. Hume’s Morality: Feeling and Fabrication. [REVIEW]Sophie Botros - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (2):289-292.
  31. Crito’s “Impartial Observations on a Late Dramatick Work,” From the Caledonian Mercury, No. 5456 , [2–3].M. A. Box - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (2):245-252.
  32. CHAPTER II. The Treatise.M. A. Box - 1990 - In The Suasive Art of David Hume. Princeton University Press. pp. 53-110.
  33. The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol 17: Volume 17: A Commentary on Mr. Pope’s Principles of Morality, or Essay on Man.O. M. Brack (ed.) - 2005 - Yale University Press.
    This volume is the first scholarly edition of Samuel Johnson’s translation of Jean Pierre de Crousaz’s _Commentaire sur la traduction en vers de M. Abbé Du Resnel, de l’Essai de M. Pope sur l’homme, _published in 1739. Included are notes comparing Johnson’s translation with the French original to show his method of translation and historical annotations. Of special interest are several lengthy footnotes that Johnson added to his translation. Among these are thoughts relating to the problem of evil, particularly the (...)
  34. Hume.Frédéric Brahami - 2001 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 2 (2):147-148.
    Les articles réunis ici sont issus de communications prononcées au séminaire d’études doctorales de Didier Deleule à l’Université de Paris X - Nanterre. Expression d’un certain état des recherches en cours, chacun d’entre eux envisage la pensée de Hume dans une perspective bien déterminée, et a bénéficié des remarques, questions et critiques qui furent apportées au séminaire...
  35. Beobachtungen zur gedanklichen und formalen Architektonik Humescher Schriften.Reinhard Brandt - 1990 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 72 (1):47-62.
  36. The Clarendon Edition of Hume’s Treatise: Book 1.John Bricke - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (2):297-304.
  37. Common Sense, Science and Scepticism: A Historical Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge. [REVIEW]Justin Broackes - 1995 - Hume Studies 21 (1):138-139.
  38. This Invisible Riot of the Mind: Samuel Johnson's Psychological TheoryGloria Sybil Gross.G. P. Brooks - 1994 - Isis 85 (2):339-340.
  39. On the Authorship of the Abstract: A Reply to John O. Nelson.Jeff Broome - 1992 - Hume Studies 18 (1):95-103.
  40. Early Responses to Hume, Vols. 1 and 2: Early Responses to Hume’s Moral, Literary, and Political Writings. [REVIEW]Brown Charlotte - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (1):196-208.
  41. The Treatise: De Arcanis Dei.S. F. Brown - 1996 - Miscellanea Francescana 96 (3-4):572-620.
  42. The Immortal David Hume.Nigel Bruce - 1996 - Free Inquiry 17.
  43. The Exaltation of David.Hugo Buchthal - 1974 - Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 37:330-333.
  44. Knud Haakonssen, Ed. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. [REVIEW]Buckle Stephen - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (2):305-309.
  45. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy Ed. By Knud Haakonssen.Stephen Buckle - 2016 - Hume Studies 40 (2):305-309.
    The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy is a massive achievement, and in more than one sense. The most obvious is its sheer bulk: two volumes totalling 1400 pages, including over 150 pages of bibliography and index and another 100 pages of biobibliographical appendix. This last item, as its name suggests, provides thumbnail biographies of all the main figures referred to in the volumes together with a list of all their main publications with publication dates and also a short list of (...)
  46. Projection and Realism in Hume’s Philosophy. [REVIEW]Stephen Buckle - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (1):163-165.
  47. Treatise on Basic Philosophy, Vols. I-II.M. Bunge - 1977 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 37 (3):426-428.
  48. Methods of Enquiry.T. E. Burke - 1964 - Mind 73 (292):538-549.
  49. Textbook or Treatise?Jeffrey Burkhardt - 2013 - Metascience 22 (2):485-488.
  50. Natural Instinct, Perceptual Relativity, and Belief in the External World in Hume’s Enquiry.Annemarie Butler - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (1):115-158.
    In part 1 of Enquiry 12, Hume presents a skeptical argument against belief in external existence. The argument involves a perceptual relativity argument that seems to conclude straightaway the double existence of objects and perceptions, where objects cause and resemble perceptions. In Treatise 1.4.2, Hume claimed that the belief in double existence arises from imaginative invention, not reasoning about perceptual relativity. I dissolve this tension by distinguishing the effects of natural instinct and showing that some ofthese effects supplement the Enquiry’s (...)
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