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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 2006, Radcliffe 2008 and Russell 2016. 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. A more recent intellectual biography is Harris 2015
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  1. Hume’s Dynamic Coordination and International Law.Carmen E. Pavel - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059172092183.
    At the heart of the tension between state autonomy and international law is the question of whether states should willingly restrict their freedom of action for the sake of international security, human rights, trade, communication, and the environment. David Hume offers surprising insights to answer this question. He argues that the same interests in cooperation arise among individuals as well as states and that their interactions should be regulated by the same principles. Drawing on his model of dynamic coordination, I (...)
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  2. Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology: Future Directions.Rico Vitz - 2018 - In Philip A. Reed & Rico Vitz (eds.), Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology. London, UK:
    In this concluding chapter to Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology, I identify and briefly discuss a series of questions that are particularly suggestive for promising avenues of future research. These questions concern six topics: (1) the nature of virtue, (2) the nature and role of sympathy, (3) the nature of moral development and moral education, (4) the nature and role of various passions, (5) the nature of moral motivation, and (6) the relationship between Hume’s ‘science of man’ and contemporary (...)
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  3. Contagion, Community, and Virtue in Hume's Epistemology.Rico Vitz - 2014 - In Jon Matheson & Rico Vitz (eds.), The Ethics of Belief: Individual and Social. Oxford, UK:
    My aim in this chapter is twofold. I attempt to provide an example of how (1) careful analysis in the history of philosophy can (2) elucidate contemporary debates about philosophical issues. My analysis of Hume’s account of the contagion of belief unfolds in three parts. In section one, I offer a summary of Hume’s account of the nature of beliefs concerning matters of fact. In section two, I elucidate his account of the “contagion of opinion” itself, explaining how beliefs are (...)
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  4. Just Imagining Things: Hume's Conception-Based Account of Cognition.Lewis Powell - 2011 - Dissertation, University of Southern California
    Philosophers have routinely taken a pessimistic view of the account of cognition offered by David Hume in his Treatise of Human Nature, claiming that Hume's limited explanatory resources cannot capture the rich complexity of our thought, judgment, and reasoning. I provide a qualified defense of Hume's attempt to analyze a cognitive activity in terms of objectual conception, ie conceiving or imagining an object. I defend Hume from objections offered by his contemporary Thomas Reid (and echoed by various recent Hume scholars), (...)
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  5. Commentary on Bozzi’s Untimely Meditations on the Relation Between Self and Non-Self.Robert M. Kelly & Barry Smith - 2019 - In Ivana Bianchi & Richard Davies (eds.), Paolo Bozzi’s Experimental Phenomenology. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 125-129.
    Independently of whether an object of experience becomes a candidate for being a part of the self or a part of the external world, it is always given to us as just an object of experience. The observer-observed relation can be seen as a type of relation with many instances, both between the self and different objects of experience and between any given object of experience and different selves. The self is situated in a spatial grid, where the latter can (...)
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  6. Uma espécie de história da minha vida.David Hume & Jaimir Conte - 2013 - Revista Litterarius 2 (12):1-8.
    Tradução para o português de "Uma espécie de história de minha vida" (A kind of history of my life), ou Carta a um médico (A Letter to a Physician), uma carta escrita por Hume (1711-1776), endereçada em março ou abril de 1734 a um médico não identificado (segundo Norton provavelmente John Arbuthnot ou George Cheyne), na qual Hume pede alguns conselhos para continuar com o seu trabalho filosófico. O título atual é extraído do primeiro parágrafo.A carta foi escrita em 1734, (...)
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  7. The Invention of Autonomy. [REVIEW]John Marshall - 1999 - Hume Studies 25 (1/2):207-224.
    In J. B. Schneewind's The Invention of Autonomy we are given a monumental history of moral philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a history more comprehensive and richer in detail than one would have thought possible in a single volume. Though the daunting erudition, agreeably unobtrusive, inspires confidence, it is Schneewind's gift of narrative that makes his book such a pleasure and his story so compelling. Schneewind originally conceived the book, he tells us, to "broaden our historical comprehension of (...)
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  8. Substantive Differences Between Two Texts of Hume’s Treatise.David Fate Norton & Mary J. Norton - 2000 - Hume Studies 26 (2):245-278.
    Because our student edition of Hume’s Treatise has appeared before publication of our critical edition of the same work, scholars using the former will find it difficult to determine how and where the text of the Treatise found there differs substantively from other editions, and from, most importantly, the widely used version of the text edited by L. A. Selby-Bigge and revised by P. H. Nidditch. Fortunately, we now have this opportunity to report the substantive differences between the text found (...)
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  9. On the Circumstances of Justice.Adam J. Tebble - 2016 - European Journal of Political Theory:147488511666419.
    An epistemic account of the circumstances of justice allows one to make three important claims about the Humean and Rawlsian ‘standard account’ of those circumstances. First, and contrary to Hume,...
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  10. Hume's Philosophy of Belief: A Study of His First Inquiry.Arnold Isenberg - 1962 - Journal of Philosophy 59 (16):439-445.
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  11. Il ruolo della ragione nella filosofia pratica di Hume. Questioni e problemi.Pierpalo Marrone - 1991 - Giornale di Metafisica 13 (2):299.
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  12. Experience and Reason. [REVIEW]D. D. G. - 1974 - Review of Metaphysics 28 (2):352-352.
    Mall indicates that his study of Husserl and Hume is one that demonstrates programmatic similarities. Much of his study is on Husserl’s concepts dealing with reason and experience. These concepts are compared to Hume’s basic philosophical concepts. Mall believes that Hume’s philosophy of human nature has some similarity to Husserl’s transcendental subjectivity. Hume’s concept of imagination "foreshadowed Husserl’s concept of constitution." Hume’s analysis of experience which is at the level of "mundane existence" is similar to Husserl’s pre-predicative experience. Yet, as (...)
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  13. On Friedman's Look.Daniel E. Flage - 1993 - Hume Studies 19 (1):187-197.
  14. Hume and Matthew Prior’s “Alma”.Christopher MacLachlan - 2000 - Hume Studies 26 (1):159-169.
    In 1987 M. A. Box identified the verse quotations in Hume’s essays “Of Essay Writing” and “The Epicurean.” It is therefore odd that in their edition of a selection of the essays, Stephen Copley and Andrew Edgar should state in a note to “Of Essay Writing” that “the source of this couplet has not been located. In his [1985] edition of the Essays Eugene Miller has suggested that it may belong to the same author or poem as the couplet quoted (...)
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  15. Of Miracles and Evidential Probability: Hume’s “Abject Failure” Vindicated.William L. Vanderburgh - 2005 - Hume Studies 31 (1):37-61.
    This paper defends David Hume's "Of Miracles" from John Earman's (2000) Bayesian attack by showing that Earman misrepresents Hume's argument against believing in miracles and misunderstands Hume's epistemology of probable belief. It argues, moreover, that Hume's account of evidence is fundamentally non-mathematical and thus cannot be properly represented in a Bayesian framework. Hume's account of probability is show to be consistent with a long and laudable tradition of evidential reasoning going back to ancient Roman law.
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  16. Aitiaki Exigisi Kai Kinoniki Erminia Ton Technon Ston David Hume. [REVIEW]G. P. Henderson - 1981 - Hume Studies 7 (2):178-180.
  17. Honour, Face and Reputation in Political Theory.Peter Olsthoom - 2008 - European Journal of Political Theory 7 (4):472-491.
    Until fairly recently it was not uncommon for political theorists to hold the view that people cannot be expected to act in accordance with the public interest without some incentive. Authors such as Marcus Tullius Cicero, John Locke, David Hume and Adam Smith, for instance, held that people often act in accordance with the public interest, but more from a concern for their honour and reputation than from a concern for the greater good. Today, most authors take a more demanding (...)
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  18. Corpulent or a Train of Ideas?: Santayana’s Critique of Hume.Jessica Wahman - 2007 - Overheard in Seville 25 (25):1-9.
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  19. Husserl’s Phenomenologization of Hume: Reflections on Husserl’s Method of Epoché.Stefanie Rocknak - 2001 - Philosophy Today 45 (Supplement):28-36.
    This paper argues that Husserl’s method is partially motivated by an attempt to avoid certain absurdities inherent in Hume’s epistemology. In this limited respect, we may say that Hume opened the door to phenomenology, but as a sacrificial lamb. However, Hume was well aware of his self-defeating position, and perhaps, in some respects, the need for an alternative. Moreover, Hume’s “mistakes” may have incited Husserl’s discovery of the epoche, and thus, transcendental phenomenology.
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  20. Samuel Johnson and Stories of Childhood.Joseph H. Smith - 1986 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 61 (1):105-117.
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  21. David Hume. [REVIEW]Ryu Susato - 2010 - Hume Studies 36 (2):240-242.
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  22. Setting the Standard: Don Garrett's Hume.Louis E. Loeb - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (2):243-278.
    Who other than Don Garrett could construct a work this rigorous and comprehensive, encompassing Hume’s aesthetics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion—not as add-ons but tightly integrated into a genuinely new interpretation? Garrett’s intricate reading has no equal in the architectonic it locates in Hume’s philosophical corpus. This elegantly crafted work will reinvigorate thinking about Hume’s theory of normativity across the epistemic and moral realms.1 I center my comments on a central line of argument in chapters 4, 5, and 7. (...)
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  23. Hume.Michael Williams - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (4):633.
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  24. An Ismāʿīlī Treatise on the Iʿjāz Al-Qurʾān.Ismail K. Poonawala - 1988 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 108 (3):379.
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  25. "Law's Inertia: Custom in Logic And Experience".Catherine Kemp - 2002 - In Austin Sarat Patricia Ewick (ed.), Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, vol. 25. pp. 135-149.
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  26. Dialoghi Sulla Religione Naturale by David Hume.Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (1):137-139.
    Not as well-known overseas as it should be, there is an important and active Italian tradition of Hume scholarship. One of its most recent and more important representatives is Professor Gianni Paganini, translator into Italian and editor of Norman Kemp Smith’s already excellent edition of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. As is well known, it was a posthumous work by the Scottish philosopher and one of his works that raises the most difficulties for his interpreters. Paganini’s edition consists of a (...)
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  27. Index to Volume 59, 1999.P. Smith - 1999 - Analysis 59 (4):362-364.
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  28. Le etiche della virtù. La riflessione contemporanea a partire da Hume by Alessio Vaccari.Sarin Marchetti - 2013 - Hume Studies 39 (1):123-127.
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  29. Psychology, Epistemology, and Skepticism in Hume’s Argument About Induction.Louis E. Loeb - 2006 - Synthese 152 (3):321-338.
    Since the mid-1970s, scholars have recognized that the skeptical interpretation of Hume's central argument about induction is problematic. The science of human nature presupposes that inductive inference is justified and there are endorsements of induction throughout "Treatise" Book I. The recent suggestion that I.iii.6 is confined to the psychology of inductive inference cannot account for the epistemic flavor of its claims that neither a genuine demonstration nor a non-question-begging inductive argument can establish the uniformity principle. For Hume, that inductive inference (...)
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  30. David Hume. Dialoghi Sulla Religione Naturale. Edited by Gianni Paganini. [REVIEW]Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (1):137-139.
  31. Central Works of Philosophy V2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.John Shand - 2005 - Routledge.
    Central Works of Philosophy is a major multi-volume collection of essays on the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition. From Plato's Republic to Quine's Word and Object, the five volumes range over 2,500 years of philosophical writing covering the best, most representative, and most influential work of some of our greatest philosophers, each of them primary texts studied at undergraduate level. Each essay has been specially commissioned and provides an overview of the work, clear and authoritative exposition of its (...)
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  32. Understanding Empiricism.Robert G. Meyers - 2006 - Routledge.
    "Understanding Empiricism" is an introduction to empiricism and the empiricist tradition in philosophy. The book presents empiricism as a philosophical outlook that unites several philosophers and discusses the most important philosophical issues bearing on the subject, while maintaining enough distance from, say, the intricacies of Locke, Berkeley, Hume scholarship to allow students to gain a clear overview of empiricism without being lost in the details of the exegetical disputes surrounding particular philosophers. Written for students the book can serve both as (...)
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  33. Federico Laudisa, Hume (Roma: Carocci, 2009). [REVIEW]Lorenzo Greco - 2010 - Rivista di Filosofia 101 (1):130-31.
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  34. Hume über kausale Kräfte und Sätze.Holger Sturm - 2015 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 97 (2).
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 97 Heft: 2 Seiten: 234-260.
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  35. Enlightenment and Calvinism in the Philosophy of David Hume MIGUEL A. BADÍA CABRERA Ann Arbor: Caravan Books, 2012. Iii + 395 Pp. [REVIEW]Anders Kraal - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (4):769-771.
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  36. David Hume: Eine Untersuchung Ber den Menschlichen Verstand.Jens Kulenkampff (ed.) - 1997 - Akademie Verlag.
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  37. L'io, la Mente, la Ragionevolezza Saggio Su David Hume.Carlo Montaleone - 1989
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  38. Hume.John Dunn & Ian Harris - 1997
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  39. Samuel Johnson and the Problem of Evil.Richard B. Schwartz - 1975
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  40. The Vision of Hume.David Hume & Appelbaum - 2001
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  41. Positivismo E Ilustración la Filosofía de David Hume.José García Roca - 1981
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  42. The Essential Hume.Paul Strathern - 2002
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  43. David Hume Mit Selbstzeugnissen Und Bilddokumenten.Gerhard Streminger - 1986
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  44. The Gentleman.George Henry Calvert - 1866
  45. Die Elhik David Hume's in Ihrer Geschichtlichen Stellung, Nebst Einem Anhang.Georg von Gizycki - 1878
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  46. Davidis Humei ... De Vita Sua Acta, Liber Singularis; Lat. Redditus [by Sir D. Dalrymple].David Hume & Dalrymple - 1787
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  47. David Hume.Anton Thomsen - 1912
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  48. Een dialoog over David Hume. [REVIEW]Rob van Gerwen - 2009 - Nexus 52.
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  49. SANTUCCI A., "L'umanesimo scettico di David Hume". [REVIEW]G. M. Pozzo - 1966 - Giornale di Metafisica 21:875.
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  50. HUME, David, "Investigación sobre el conocimiento humano". [REVIEW]José Luis del Barco Collazos - 1982 - Anuario Filosófico 15 (1):294.
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