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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. Mencius, Hume, and the Virtue of Humanity: Sources of Benevolent Moral Development.Jeremiah Carey & Rico Vitz - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
    In this paper, we elucidate the moral psychology and what we might call the moral sociology of Mencius and of Hume, and we argue for three claims. First, we demonstrate that there are strong similarities between Mencius and Hume concerning some of the principal psychological sources of the virtue of humanity. Second, we show that there are strong similarities between the two concerning some of the principal social sources of the virtue of humanity. Third, we argue that there are related, (...)
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  2. Hume, Teleology, and the 'Science of Man'.Lorenzo Greco & Dan O'Brien - 2019 - In William Gibson, Dan O'Brien & Marius Turda (eds.), Teleology and Modernity. New York-London: Routledge.
    There are various forms of teleological thinking central to debates in the early modern and modern periods, debates in which David Hume (1711–1776) is a key figure. In the first section, we shall introduce three levels at which teleological considerations have been incorporated into philosophical accounts of man and nature, and sketch Hume’s criticisms of these approaches. In the second section, we turn to Hume’s non-teleological ‘science of man’. In the third section, we show how Hume has an account of (...)
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  3. "Character and Causation: Hume's Philosophy of Action by Constantine Sandis". [REVIEW]Angela Coventry - 2019 - Ratio:32.
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  4. Character and Causation: Hume's Philosophy of Action by Constantine Sandis. [REVIEW]Elizabeth S. Radcliffe - forthcoming - Hume Studies.
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  5. 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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  6. Scepticism and Literature: An Essay on Pope, Hume, Sterne, and Johnson. [REVIEW]B. O. X. M. A. - 2004 - Hume Studies 30 (1):204-207.
    To carry on reasoning in the face of the implications of skepticism is what Fred Parker calls “sceptical thinking.” Not to be confused with the engineered vacillation leading to a tranquillizing suspense of judgement, it involves the double perspective of someone conducting a life, believing and reasoning as we do, while acutely aware that the whole endeavor is, in a sense, untenable. If, as Sir Philip Sidney famously said, an imaginative writer “nothing affirms, and therefore never lieth,” then the dilemma (...)
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  7. Hume’s Philosophical Insouciance: A Reading of Treatise 1.4.7.Henry E. Allison - 2005 - Hume Studies 31 (2):317-346.
    At the end of T 1.4.2, after examining the skeptical arguments against the claims of both reason and sense perception and affirming the futility of the familiar philosophical responses to them, Hume reflects that.
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  8. Hume and Berkeley in the Prussian Academy: Louis Frédéric Ancillon’s “Dialogue Between Berkeley and Hume” of 1796.J. C. Laursen S. Charles - 2001 - Hume Studies 27 (1):85-98.
    Louis Frédéric Ancillon was a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and Belles Lettres whose imagined dialogue between Berkeley and Hume was read to the Academy in 1796 and published in 1799. It is important as an indicator of the reception of Hume and Berkeley in francophone philosophical circles in late eighteenth-century Prussia. Our introduction is followed by an English translation with notes.
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  9. The Bibliothèque Raisonnée Review of Volume 3 of the Treatise: Authorship, Text, and Translation.David Fate Norton and Dario Perinetti - 2006 - Hume Studies 32 (1):3-52.
    Volumes 1 and 2 of Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature, first published in January 1739, were soon after publication the subject of five notices and four reviews. Volume 3, published at the end of October 1740, received no notices and was reviewed only in the Bibliothèque raisonnée. This anonymous review of vol. 3 is of interest not only for David Norton is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, McGill University, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Victoria. His address is 8-4305 Maltwood (...)
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  10. “Cemented with Diseased Qualities”: Sympathy and Comparison in Hume’s Moral Psychology.Gerald J. Postema - 2005 - Hume Studies 31 (2):249-298.
    Mandeville writes that it was said of Montaigne “that he was pretty well vers’d in the Defects of Man-kind, but unacquainted with the Excellencies of human Nature,” adding, “If I fare no worse, I shall think my self well used.” Mandeville transformed Montaigne’s suggestion into a methodology for his systematic attempt to “anatomize the invisible Parts of Man”. His tale of “the grumbling hive,” and his extensive commentary on it, were designed to demonstrate that “if Mankind could be cured of (...)
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. On Friedman's Look.Daniel E. Flage - 1993 - Hume Studies 19 (1):187-197.
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Aitiaki Exigisi Kai Kinoniki Erminia Ton Technon Ston David Hume. [REVIEW]G. P. Henderson - 1981 - Hume Studies 7 (2):178-180.
  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, Barry Stroud & Ted Honderich - 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 - 2015 - 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. Samuel Johnson: His Career and Writings. [REVIEW]Woodbridge Riley - 1932 - Journal of Philosophy 29 (7):188-190.
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  37. Der Psychologismus Im Englischen Empirismus. [REVIEW]P. L. S. - 1935 - Journal of Philosophy 32 (7):190-191.
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  38. Hume's Philosophy of Belief: A Study of His First Inquiry. [REVIEW]Arnold Isenberg - 1962 - Journal of Philosophy 59 (16):439-445.
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  39. Das Problem der Gültigkeit in der Philosophie David Humes. [REVIEW]Sterling P. Lamprecht - 1924 - Journal of Philosophy 21 (16):435-441.
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  40. David Hume: Eine Untersuchung Ber den Menschlichen Verstand.Jens Kulenkampff - unknown
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  41. L'io, la Mente, la Ragionevolezza Saggio Su David Hume.Carlo Montaleone - 1989
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  42. Hume.John Dunn & Ian Harris - 1997
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  43. Samuel Johnson and the Problem of Evil.Richard B. Schwartz - 1975
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  44. The Vision of Hume.David Hume & Appelbaum - 2001
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  45. Positivismo E Ilustración la Filosofía de David Hume.José García Roca - 1981
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  46. The Essential Hume.Paul Strathern - 2002
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  47. David Hume Mit Selbstzeugnissen Und Bilddokumenten.Gerhard Streminger - 1986
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  48. The Gentleman.George Henry Calvert - 1866
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  49. Die Elhik David Hume's in Ihrer Geschichtlichen Stellung, Nebst Einem Anhang.Georg von Gizycki - 1878
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  50. Davidis Humei ... De Vita Sua Acta, Liber Singularis; Lat. Redditus [by Sir D. Dalrymple].David Hume & Dalrymple - 1787
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