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This category includes work on Hume’s life and context, influences and early reception; introductions, edited collections and other anthologies to Hume's thought; works on Hume in relation to other philosophers, as well as a subsection on miscellaneous Hume-related items.

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Hume: Biography
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. Review of Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott THE PHILOSOPHERS’ QUARREL. [REVIEW]Paul Russell - 2010 - Times Literary Supplement 5616:29.
  7. 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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  8. On Natural Selection and Hume's Second Problem.Armando Aranda-Anzaldo - 1998 - Evolution and Cognition 4 (2):156-172.
    David Hume's famous riddle of induction implies a second problem related to the question of whether the laws and principles of nature might change in the course of time. Claims have been made that modern developments in physics and astrophysics corroborate the translational invariance of the laws of physics in time. However, the appearance of a new general principle of nature, which might not be derivable from the known laws of physics, or that might actually be a non-physical one (this (...)
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  9. The Life of David Hume.Ernest C. Mossner - 1955 - Journal of Philosophy 52 (26):802-810.
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  10. The Forgotten Hume, le Bon David.Ernest Campbell Mossner - 1943 - Columbia University Press.
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  11. Time, Revolution, and Prescriptive Right in Hume's Theory of Government: Frederick G. Whelan.Frederick G. Whelan - 1995 - Utilitas 7 (1):97-119.
    Hume's theory of government and allegiance falls into two parts. In its better known segment Hume explains the conjectural origin of government in general as a convention necessary to enforce the rules of justice and provide other public goods, and he grounds the general duty of allegiance on the utility of government in making stable social life possible. To his credit, however, Hume goes on to give separate treatment to the topic of what he terms the ‘objects of allegiance”, or (...)
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  12. “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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  13. 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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  14. David Hume and John Home. Two New Letters.Gerhard Streminger - 1984 - Hume Studies 10 (1):81-83.
  15. 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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  16. The Forgotten Hume: Le Bon David.George H. Sabine & Ernest Campbell Mossner - 1943 - Philosophical Review 52 (6):610.
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  17. Part Four: Hume and the Road Back to Common Life.Murray Miles - 2003 - In Inroads: Paths in Ancient and Modern Western Philosophy. University of Toronto Press. pp. 485-556.
  18. James Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography.Wade L. Robison - 2016 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 14 (2):137-151.
  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: And Other Writings.Dorothy Coleman (ed.) - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    David Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, first published in 1779, is one of the most influential works in the philosophy of religion and the most artful instance of philosophical dialogue since the dialogues of Plato. It presents a fictional conversation between a sceptic, an orthodox Christian, and a Newtonian theist concerning evidence for the existence of an intelligent cause of nature based on observable features of the world. This edition presents it together with several of Hume's other, shorter writings about (...)
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  22. Three Deaths and Enlightenment Thought: Hume, Johnson, Marat.Stephan Miller - 2001 - Bucknell University Press.
    In recent years there has been an extended debate about Enlightenment thought. Though many scholars have concluded that there were several 'Enlightenments,' some continue to make generalizations about the Englightenment and some speak about 'the Enlightment agenda.' After discussing the cult of the deathbed scene in eighteenth-century Britain and France, the author looks at three currents of Enlightment thought implicit in the deathbed 'projects' of David Hume, Samuel Johnson, and Jean Paul Marat. Although Hume and Johnson hold profoundly different views (...)
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  23. The Life of David Hume.Ernest C. Mossner - 1954 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer. First published in 1954, and updated in 1980, it is now reissued in paperback in response to increased interest in Hume. E. C. Mossner was Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. 'Mossner's work is a quite remarkable scholarly achievement; it will be an indispensable tool for Hume scholars and a treasure-trove of information for all students of the intellectual and literary (...)
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  24. The Life of David Hume. [REVIEW]Richard H. Popkin - 1955 - Journal of Philosophy 52 (26):802-810.
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  25. 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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  26. Hume's Intellectual Development.Alexander Stewart - 2000 - .
  27. Leben Und Philosophie David Hume's.F. Jodl - 1872 - Halle.
    David Hume wurde am 26. April 1711 zu Edinburgh als der zweite Sohn Joseph Hume's oder Home's, Herrn auf Ninewells, in der Grafschaft Berwickshire geboren. Er verlor seinen Vater bald, genoss jedoch durch die liebevolle Sorgfalt ...
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  28. Hume's Dialogues.Jeffrey Smitten - 1991 - Eighteenth-Century Life 15:39-56.
  29. The Life of David Hume.Ernest G. Braham - 1987
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  30. Supplement [by S.J. Pratt] to the Life of David Hume, Esq. [By Himself].Samuel Jackson Pratt - 1777
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  31. Life and Correspondence of David Hume.John Hill Burton - 1846
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  32. Exposé Succinct [by D. Hume] de la Contestation Qui S'est Élevée Entre M. Hume, Et M. Rousseau, Avec les Pieces Justificatives. [REVIEW]David Hume, Jean Le Rond D' Alembert & Jean Baptiste A. Suard - 1766
  33. A Sketch of the Character of Mr. Hume and Diary of a Journey From Morpeth to Bath, 23 April-1 May 1776.John Home & David Fate Norton - 1976
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  34. Jorge Luis Borges and David Hume: Their Epistemological Approach to the External World and the Self.Marina Martin Orejana - 1990 - Dissertation, University of Virginia
    This study examines both David Hume's and Jorge Luis Borges's skeptical positions with regard to the external world and the self. Emphasis, however, is deliberately given to the Argentine writer, whose works are approached in the light of Hume's doctrine. There are important reasons for such a comparative study. Borges's interest in the British cultural tradition is unquestionable. This interest is inseparable from the distinctive philosophical orientation of his whole production, which finds inspiration in various sources. A major one is (...)
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  35. A Context for Liberalism: A Humean Account of Political Justification.Richard Houston Dees - 1990 - Dissertation, University of Michigan
    From Rousseau and Marx to Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Sandel, communitarians have argued that liberalism fails to understand and respect the values that arise from the practices of particular communities. But liberalism need not fall prey to this objection, once we understand the role that practices should play in a political theory. In the largely-unread historical and political works of David Hume, I argue, we can find the resources for a political theory that stresses the importance of the material and (...)
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  36. David Hume, hans liv og hans filosofi. [REVIEW]G. Heymans - 1912 - Ancient Philosophy 22:319.
  37. MOSSNER, The Life of David Hume. [REVIEW]D. G. C. Macnabb - 1954 - Hibbert Journal 53:316.
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  38. Ernest Campbell Mossner, "The Forgotten Hume - le Bon David". [REVIEW]Lewis B. Carpenter - 1944 - Philosophical Forum 2:32.
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  39. MOSSNER, E. C. - The Life of David Hume. [REVIEW]D. G. C. Macnabb - 1957 - Mind 66:266.
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  40. Magnanimity and Modernity: Self-Love in the Scottish Enlightenment.Ryan Patrick Hanley - 2002 - Dissertation, The University of Chicago
    David Hume and Adam Smith are often regarded as founding fathers of modern social science and champions of self-interested material acquisitiveness. Against this view I argue that their moral and political philosophies are better understood as modern installments in the classical tradition of virtue ethics. By focusing on Hume and Smith's conception of self-love and particularly on their distinction of self-love from self-interest, I demonstrate their dedication to encouraging virtues beyond the instrumental virtues of the market. ;Hume and Smith regard (...)
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  41. Metz, Rudolf, David Hume. Leben und Philosophie. [REVIEW]Heinrich Hasse - 1930 - Société Française de Philosophie, Bulletin 35:322.
  42. Private Correspondence of David Hume with Several Distinguished Persons Between the Years 1761 and 1776, Now First Published From the Originals. [REVIEW]David Hume, Abraham John Henry Colburn and Co & Valpy - 1820 - Printed for Henry Colburn and Co., Public Library, Conduit Street, Hanover Square.
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  43. The Life of David Hume, Esq; the Philosopher and Historian.David Hume & Pierre Poivre - 1778 - Printed and Sold by Robert Bell ..
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  44. The Art of Living Four Eighteenth-Century Minds: Hume, Horace Walpole, Burke, Benjamin Franklin.F. L. Lucas - 1959 - Cassell.
  45. Life and Correspondence of David Hume From the Papers Bequeathed by His Nephew to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Other Original Sources.John Hill Burton & David Hume - 1846 - William Tait.
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  46. David Hume Philosophical Historian.David Hume, David Fate Norton & Richard Henry Popkin - 1965 - Bobbs-Merrill.
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  47. Expos'e Succinct de la Contestation Qui S'est 'Elev'ee Entre M. Hume Et M. Rousseau Avec les Piáeces Justificatives & la Lettre de Monsieur de Voltaire Áa Ce Sujet.David Hume, Jean Le Rond D' Alembert & Jean-Pierre Jackson - 1998
  48. Les Philosophes Contre Jean-Jacques "Cette Affaire Infernale," : L'Affaire J.-J. Rousseau-Hume, 1766.Henri Guillemin - 1942 - Plon.
  49. An Account of the Life and Writings of David Hume, Esq.Thomas Edward Ritchie - 1990
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