|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).|
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 2000), and the Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (Beauchamp 1998). 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 (Beauchamp & Box 2022, 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 Blackburn 2008, Brown & Morris 2012, Garrett 2015 and Wright 2009. For more comprehensive anthologies see Ainslie & Butler 2014, Bailey & O'Brien 2012, Coventry & Sager 2019, Norton & Taylor 1993, Radcliffe 2008, Russell 2016 and Traiger 2006. 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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