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  1. Hume's Real Riches.Charles Goldhaber - forthcoming - History of Philosophy Quarterly.
    Hume describes his own “open, social, and cheerful humour” as “a turn of mind which it is more happy to possess, than to be born to an estate of ten thousand a year.” Why does he value a cheerful character so highly? I argue that, for Hume, cheerfulness has two aspects—one manifests as mirth in social situations, and the other as steadfastness against life’s misfortunes. This second aspect is of special interest to Hume in that it safeguards the other virtues. (...)
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  2. Hume: A Very Short Introduction.Jennifer Smalligan Marušić - forthcoming - British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-4.
    In his Hume: A Very Short Introduction, James Harris describes Hume’s shift away from systematic philosophizing and towards the writing of essays, as a genre more “suitable to the literary culture...
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  3. The Notorious Dr. Middleton: David Hume and the Ninewells Years.Tim Stuart-Buttle - forthcoming - History of European Ideas:1-28.
  4. ‘Voilà Un Siècle de Lumières!’: Horace Walpole and the Hume-Rousseau Affair.Ryu Susato - forthcoming - History of European Ideas:1-19.
  5. Baggini, Julian, What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well. [REVIEW]Álvaro Silva - 2021 - Mayéutica 47 (103):212-213.
  6. The Multifaced Hume: A Review of James Harris' Hume: An Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW]Elena Yi-Jia Zeng - 2021 - New History 32:331–42.
  7. The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought: By Dennis C. Rasmussen, Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 2017, Xiii + 316 Pp., $29.95/£24.95.Peter Loptson - 2020 - The European Legacy 25 (7-8):875-877.
    This admirable book describes the lives and friendship of two of the greatest thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment: David Hume and Adam Smith. Its account of their careers, writings and interacti...
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  8. Aprendiendo de la experiencia. Una nueva mirada sobre la interpretación de Ayer del empirismo de Hume.Sofı́a Calvente - 2019 - Mutatis Mutandis: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 13.
    Nos proponemos abordar dos aspectos poco estudiados de la contribución de Alfred Ayer a la comprensión de la filosofı́a de Hume: su consideración acerca del carácter inferencial de la percepción y su propuesta de que la experiencia tiene carácter público. En primer lugar, analizaremos cómo se ha entendido la concepción humeana de la experiencia. Sostendremos que la interpretación de Ayer contribuye a modificar la concepción privada y atomista de experiencia que usualmente se le atribuye a Hume, al afirmar que para (...)
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  9. Reply to My Critics.James A. Harris - 2019 - Hume Studies 45 (1):37-45.
    I am very grateful to Catherine Jones, Andrew Sabl, and Mikko Tolonen for taking the trouble to read my book Hume: An Intellectual Biography so carefully, and for responding to it so thoughtfully and constructively. I thank the editors of Hume Studies for the honour of having the book discussed in the journal that matters most to any Hume scholar. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the 2017 Hume Society Conference in Providence, and (...)
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  10. Précis of Hume: An Intellectual Biography.James A. Harris - 2019 - Hume Studies 45 (1):3-5.
    My purpose in Hume: An Intellectual Biography was to write the first comprehensive account of Hume's career as an author, beginning with what we know about his education at Edinburgh, and ending with "My Own Life," the brief autobiography that Hume wrote shortly before he died. Where Ernest Mossner, in his classic The Life of David Hume, was explicitly concerned with the man rather than with the ideas, I was concerned with the ideas, and the arguments, rather than with the (...)
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  11. Hume as Man of Letters: Comments on Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography.Catherine Jones - 2019 - Hume Studies 45 (1):7-16.
    James A. Harris suggests, in the "Introduction" to his intellectual biography of David Hume, that we should take seriously Hume's description of himself in "My Own Life," composed in April 1776, as having intended from the beginning to live the life of a man of letters. Harris uses the category "man of letters" both to characterise Hume's intellectual career as a whole, and to address the question of how to approach the relation between Hume the philosopher, Hume the essayist, and (...)
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  12. The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought. By Dennis C. Rasmussen. Pp. Xiii, 316, Princeton/Woodstock, Princeton University Press, 2017, $24.95. [REVIEW]Patrick Madigan - 2019 - Heythrop Journal 60 (2):321-322.
  13. "Loose Bits of Paper" and "Uncorrect Thoughts": Hume's Early Memoranda in Context.Emilio Mazza & Gianluca Mori - 2019 - Hume Studies 42 (1):9-60.
    What are the Early Memoranda?1 When were they written? What are their sources? What is their purpose and their relation to Hume's works? These questions, usually addressed separately, are in fact tightly interwoven: they require an articulated response that embraces them all. Our response could be summarised as follows: far from being current reading notes, or even less the exhaustive diary of Hume's intellectual experience, the Early Memoranda are most likely second-tier texts, or—as James Harris recently conjectured—"notes taken from notes."2 (...)
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  14. All Style, No Substance? Comments on Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography.Andrew Sabl - 2019 - Hume Studies 45 (1):17-27.
    This meticulous work, the product of years of scholarship and effort, contains a great deal to admire. It rightly rejects the frame, still common in philosophy departments, of Hume as someone who, after writing the Treatise, "abandoned philosophy" for the sake of lesser inquiries like politics and history. It convincingly portrays Hume's vast classical learning as devoted, in the end, to modern conversations and modern purposes, not to the pursuit of ancient wisdom as directly therapeutic for individuals. It deftly places (...)
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  15. Hume as an Essayist: Comments on Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography.Mikko Tolonen - 2019 - Hume Studies 45 (1):29-36.
    I was a Leverhulme visiting fellow at the University of St Andrews in 2012–13 when James Harris was working on Hume: An Intellectual Biography. At the time, I expected his book to take decades to finish due to the daunting nature of the task. During those years there were periods when we sat daily discussing Hume at the National Library of Scotland and its near vicinity. As a result of those conversations, we also wrote and published an article about Hume (...)
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  16. James A. Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography , Pp. Xiii + 621.Marc Hanvelt - 2018 - Utilitas 30 (2):237-241.
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  17. Critical Notice: James A Harris’ Hume: An Intellectual Biography, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.Anders Kraal - 2018 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 (1):129-141.
    James Harris’s new Hume biography offers, among other things, ‘a series of conjectures as to what Hume’s intentions were in writing in the particular ways that he did about human nature, politics, economics, history, and religion’. The biography is particularly novel with regard to Hume’s intentions when writing about religion, which, Harris argues, were rather benign. Harris fails to appreciate the full extent of the difficulties attaching to his series of conjectures, however.
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  18. The Composition, Reception, and Early Influence of Hume’s Essays and Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals.Mark G. Spencer - 2018 - In Andrew Valls & Angela Coventry (eds.), David Hume on Morals, Politics, and Society. Yale University Press. pp. 241-264.
  19. The Friendship Between Two Great Thinkers: David Hume and Adam Smith.Viorel Tutui - 2018 - Meta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy 10 (2):611-618.
  20. The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought by Dennis C. Rasmussen.Richard J. Fry - 2017 - Hume Studies 43 (1):146-148.
    In reading biographies or accounts of figures with which one agrees and sympathizes, there is a tendency that needs to be avoided, that is, of over -identifying with the figures in question and of too closely mapping one's own life and aspirations onto them.As such, there is some risk involved for a person like me in reading about the friendship between David Hume and Adam Smith. Dennis C. Rasmussen's excellent new volume, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, (...)
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  21. The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought.Dennis C. Rasmussen - 2017 - Princeton University Press.
    The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships—and how it influenced modern thought David Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and is now often hailed as the founding father of capitalism. Remarkably, the two were best friends for (...)
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  22. TWELVE. So Great a Noise.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 183-197.
  23. THREE. The Great Scot.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 37-55.
  24. TWO. The Wild Philosopher.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 8-36.
  25. NINE. Poses and Impostures.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 128-148.
  26. ONE. An Enlightenment Quarrel.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 1-7.
  27. SIX. A Stone’s Throw From Paris.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 90-103.
  28. THIRTEEN. How Philosophers Die.John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky - 2017 - In John T. Scott & Robert Zaretsky (eds.), The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding. Yale University Press. pp. 198-210.
  29. Hume: An Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW]John P. Wright - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (4):823-832.
    This is a review article discussing James Harris’s excellent study of David Hume’s full philosophical career including his epistemology, moral philosophy, politics, economics, religion, and history. Harris argues against a common view that in his later writings Hume is merely working out and developing the ideas of his Treatise of Human Nature. He even argues that Hume’s two Enquiries are substantially new works and not mere recasting of his youthful Treatise. Harris writes that philosophy for Hume is a ‘a style (...)
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  30. Humean Eyes ('One Particular Shade of Blue').Angela Coventry & Emilio Mazza - 2016 - Cogent Arts and Humanities 3 (1).
    Why do Humean eyes matter? The subject of David Hume’s eyes and face leads us into some unexpected curiosities connected with events in his life and written works. We outline the scholars’ propensity to describe the face of their favourite philosopher and spread upon it their personal reading of his life and writings. We ask questions about portraits, their resemblance to the original as a standard of beauty. We survey eighteenth-century physiognomy, and the humourous paradox of the “fat philosopher,” both (...)
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  31. James Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography.Wade L. Robison - 2016 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 14 (2):137-151.
  32. Review of James Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography. [REVIEW]Paul Russell - 2016 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 1.
    James A. Harris's biography of David Hume is the first such study to appear since Ernest Mossner's The Life of David Hume (1954). Unlike Mossner, Harris aims to write a specifically "intellectual biography", one that gives "a complete picture of Hume's ideas" and "relates Hume's works to the circumstances in which they were conceived and written" (vii). Harris's study turns on four central theses or claims about the character of Hume's thought and how it is structured and developed. The claims (...)
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  33. Hume: An Intellectual Biography.James A. Harris - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain's greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume's works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of England, bringing to light the major influences on the course of Hume's intellectual development, and paying careful attention to the differences between the wide variety of literary genres with which Hume experimented. The major events in Hume's life (...)
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  34. Sympathy and Affectuum Imitatio: Spinoza and Hume as Social and Political Psychologists.Rudmer Bijlsma - 2014 - South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (1):1-18.
    This paper starts from the premise that Spinoza and Hume share a realisticnaturalistic approach to human nature. Human beings are finite parts of nature, and as such strongly interdependent creatures. This interdependence is reflected in the central social-psychological principles that Hume and Spinoza employ, respectively sympathy and affectuum imitatio. Both principles show the immediacy of the communication of passions, and the strong influence that other people’s passions exert over our own affective lives. Central to this paper are an analysis and (...)
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  35. Humean Moral Pluralism.Michael B. Gill - 2014 - Oxford University Press.
    Michael B. Gill offers a new account of Humean moral pluralism: the view that there are different moral reasons for action, which are based on human sentiments. He explores its historical origins, and argues that it offers the most compelling view of our moral experience. Together, pluralism and Humeanism make a philosophically powerful couple.
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  36. Hume A-Dying: Notes From Boswell.Christopher Norris - 2014 - Philosophy Pathways 186 (1).
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  37. Hume’s Damage Control.Annette C. Baier - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):87-89.
    We want to know about philosophers’ lives in part to see how they applied their philosophy to their own lives. Plato’s account of Socrates’ life, trial, and death sets a great example here, perhaps never equalled, just as few philosophers equal Socrates in integrity and courage.
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  38. Hume’s Damage Control.Annette C. Baier - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 56:87-89.
    We want to know about philosophers’ lives in part to see how they applied their philosophy to their own lives. Plato’s account of Socrates’ life, trial, and death sets a great example here, perhaps never equalled, just as few philosophers equal Socrates in integrity and courage.
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  39. David Hume–a Timeline.A. Bailey & D. O'Brien - 2012 - In Alan Bailey & Dan O'Brien (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Hume. Continuum.
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  40. Hume's Life, Intellectual Context and Reception.Emilio Mazza - 2012 - In Alan Bailey & Dan O'Brien (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Hume. Continuum. pp. 20.
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  41. The Pursuits of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume.Annette C. Baier - 2011 - Harvard University Press.
    Childhood and youth: loss of faith and a passion for literature -- "At a distance from relations": writing his treatise in France -- Hume after the treatise -- Hume as librarian and historian -- Hume's life as a man in the public eye -- Hume's final years in Edinburgh -- Death and character.
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  42. Zaretsky, Robert & Scott, John: La querella de los filósofos. Rousseau, Hume y los límites del entendimiento humano. Barcelona, 2009. [REVIEW]María Cintia Caram - 2011 - Daimon: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 52:219-220.
  43. David Hume at 300.Howard Darmstadter - 2011 - Philosophy Now 83:6-9.
    A general introduction to the philosophy of David Hume.
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  44. Finding Inspiration in Hume.Peter Millican - 2011 - The Philosophers' Magazine 54:69-74.
    As time moves on, both our philosophical language and our conceptual frameworks evolve, since they are highly abstract and not closely tethered to the relatively solid ground of ordinary life. So to understand Hume’s thinking, it becomes necessary to “translate” what he says into categories increasingly different from his own.
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  45. Hume's Reading of the Classics at Ninewells, 1749–51.Moritz Baumstark - 2010 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (1):63-77.
    This article provides a re-evaluation of David Hume's intensive reading of the classics at an important moment of his literary and intellectual career. It sets out to reconstruct the extent and depth of this reading as well as the uses – scholarly, philosophical and polemical – to which Hume put the information he had gathered in the course of it. The article contends that Hume read the classics against the grain to collect data on a wide range of cultural information (...)
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  46. Ever Thus: Review of Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott THE PHILOSOPHERS’ QUARREL. [REVIEW]Paul Russell - 2010 - The Times Literary Supplement 5616:29.
    ... The Philosophers’ Quarrel is an enjoyable tour through the salons, great cities and country retreats of the Enlightenment, in the company of some of its brightest stars. Although much of the tale turns on some tedious details of the various intrigues of Hume and Rousseau, together with their friends and collaborators, Zaretsky and Scott manage to provide their account with a number of interesting and valuable insights into the character of the thinkers involved and the social and cultural life (...)
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  47. “Waving Amouchoir À Lawilkes”: Hume, Radicalism and Thenorth Briton.Ben Dew - 2009 - Modern Intellectual History 6 (2):235-260.
    This article examines the use of David Hume's political writing by the extra-parliamentary opposition writers of the 1760s and early 1770s. The disturbances surrounding the publication of North Briton 45 and Wilkes's abortive attempts to become MP for Middlesex attracted a level of public support which was remarkable for its size, social diversity and ideological coherence. Hume, as is well known, reacted angrily to this growth in popular politics, condemning both the “mobs” that swept through London in the latter part (...)
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  48. On the Interpretation of Hume's Epistemology.João Monteiro - 2009 - Abstracta 5 (2):100-112.
    At the end of his life, Hume neglected his first work, and declared that he wished his readers to take into account only the later versions of his theories of the understanding, the passions and morals. This poses a special problem of interpretation: is there a difference between a "young Hume" and a "mature Hume", as in the case of Hegel, and several other thinkers? Is there in Hume's work anything comparable with the shift from the pre-critical to the critical (...)
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  49. Death and Character: Further Reflections on Hume.Annette C. Baier - 2008 - Harvard University Press.
  50. 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.
    The following review by "Crito" was reproduced in shortened form in 1888 (Dibdin, Annals, 89-90) and is not now readily available. It is transcribed and edited here as illustrative of the events prompting David Hume's dedication to John Home of Four Dissertations in 1757. The possibility that Crito was in fact Hume deserves exploring, though the question remains speculative given the evidence available.The review appeared as a letter in the Caledonian Mercury and the Edinburgh Evening Courant, both on 18 December (...)
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