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  1. David Hume, the Académie des Inscriptions and the Nature of Historical Evidence in the Early Eighteenth Century.Pedro Faria - forthcoming - Modern Intellectual History:1-24.
    Philosophical history became the Enlightenment genre of historical writing par excellence supposedly by “defeating” established humanist erudite history and antiquarianism. This article argues that, contrary to established perceptions, philosophical history developed out of a concern expressed by early eighteenth-century erudite historians about the nature of historical evidence: both David Hume—leading philosophical historian—and the members of the French erudite Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres shared a broadly Lockean approach to historical evidence, choosing verisimilitude to common experience as the key criterion (...)
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  2. Lies, Liberty, and the Fall of the Stuarts: James Steuart's Commentary on Hume's History of England.Cailean Gallagher - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (4):438-457.
    ABSTRACTThis article presents a commentary by James Steuart on David Hume’s History of the Tudors, written in the early 1760s. In doing so, the article sketches new aspects of Steuart’s political and historical thought at a time when he was hopeful about returning to Scotland from his long continental exile, following his leading role in the 1745 Jacobite rising. After providing a short biographical context, it establishes that the text was written whilst Steuart was working on his Political Oeconomy, and (...)
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  3. Notes on Hume’s History.Cailean Gallagher - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (4):458-537.
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  4. Skepticism in Hume's Politics and Histories.Peter S. Fosl - 2018 - Araucaria 20 (40).
    This essay argues that Hume's political and historical thought is well read as skeptical and skeptical in a way that roots it deeply in the Hellenistic traditions of both Pyrrhonian and Academical thought. It deploys skeptical instruments to undermine political rationalism as well as theologically and metaphysically political ideologies. Hume's is politics of opinion and appearance. It labors to oppose faction and enthusiasm and generate suspension, balance, tranquility, and moderation. Because Hume advocate the use of reflectively generated but epistemically and (...)
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  5. Catharine Macaulay as Critic of Hume.Karen Green - 2018 - In Geoff Boucher & Henry Martyn Lloyd (eds.), Rethinking the Enlightenment. Lanham, MD 20706, USA: pp. 113-130.
    Catharine Macaulay’s The History of England challenges Hume’s interpretation of the history of the Stuarts, as developed in his The History of Great Britain, and is grounded in meta-ethical, religious, and political principles that are also fundamentally opposed to those developed by Hume, as she makes clear in her Treatise on the Immutabilty of Moral Truth. Here it is argued that the contrast between them poses a problem for a number of recent accounts of the enlightenment period, and that Macaulay’s (...)
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  6. Hume and Conjectural History.Juan Samuel Santos Castro - 2017 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 15 (2):157-174.
    An often-ignored Humean contribution to Scottish Enlightenment is ‘conjectural history’, an eighteenth-century historical genre that attempted to trace the origins and development of particular institutions from prehistory to modernity. But conjectural methodology prevented histories from establishing any facts. What was then its point? I propose a way to justify Hume's practice of conjectural history by appealing to his scattered comments on historical explanation. Conjectural histories explain the origin of modern institutions by offering the rationale that must have caused their emergence (...)
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  7. Hume on Church Establishments, Secular Politics and History.Aaron Szymkowiak - 2017 - Diametros 54:95-117.
    In the third volume of the History of England, David Hume considers the political ramifications of the Protestant reformation with a “Digression concerning the ecclesiastical state.” He advocates the establishment of a state church, believing it will dampen religious “enthusiasm” in the polity. Unlike later secularization theorists, Hume assumes an intractable basis for religion in the human passions. Tensions in Hume’s “cooptation” strategy are evident from Adam Smith’s famous attack upon it in section five of The Wealth of Nations, and (...)
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  8. Commerce and Politics in Hume;s History of England.Jia Wei - 2017 - The Boydell Press.
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  9. La facción como condición de posibilidad de la libertad en David Hume.Santiago Álvarez García - 2016 - Bajo Palabra (16).
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  10. Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment. [REVIEW]Angela Coventry & Alex Sager - 2016 - Notre Dame Philosophical Review.
    Review of Ryu Susato, Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment.
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  11. Narrative and History in Hume's Moral Epistemology.Erin Frykholm - 2016 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 14 (1):21-50.
    Hume's moral epistemology, focusing on the elevation of character tratis, requires what in contemporary terms is a narrative structure. The moral significance of an action can only be understood when considered in relation to an agent's past actions, beliefs, intentions, social environment and situation. Three features of Hume's writings support this claim: his accounts of moral evidence, of the object of moral evaluation, and of the value of history. Without recognizing the role of narrative, the standard view of Hume's moral (...)
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  12. Commerce and Politics in Hume's History of England by Jia Wei. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2016 - Hume Studies 42 (1-2):245-247.
    Jia Wei claims in the Introduction to Commerce and Politics in Hume's History of England that significant aspects of Hume's achievement as a historian have yet to be properly appreciated. She intends to shed new light on 'the relationship between the three Humes: Hume the political thinker, Hume the historian, and Hume the political economist'. She continues: More specifically, this book pays greater attention to broad social, economic, and institutional changes which Hume wove into an entirely innovative fabric of causation. (...)
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  13. Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England.Kenneth R. Stunkel - 2016 - The European Legacy 21 (1):121-122.
  14. Hume and the Historicity of Human Nature.Serge Grigoriev - 2015 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 9 (1):118-139.
  15. "Sweden Is Still a Kingdom": Convention and Political Authority in Hume's History of England.Willem Lemmens - 2015 - Hume Studies 41 (1):57-72.
    To balance a large state or society, whether monarchical or republican, on general laws, is a work of so great difficulty, that no human genius, however comprehensive, is able, by the mere dint of reason and reflection, to effect it.Andrew Sabl’s Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England is an impressive tribute to the Tacitus of the eighteenth century. His study offers a reading of the History of England “as if it were a treatise on this one (...)
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  16. Mark G. Spencer , David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013. 282 Pp. $69.95 Hb. ISBN 9780271061542. [REVIEW]Wade L. Robison - 2015 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 13 (2):148-152.
  17. A Bibliography for Hume's History of England: A Preliminary View.Roger I. Emerson & Mark G. Spencer - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (1):53-71.
    Hume’s History of England has received a good deal of attention over the years, but no one has ever systematically studied his sources.1 Instead, scholars have worried about Hume’s biases, his portraits of figures like Charles I, and his alleged scorn for mere antiquarianism, which resulted in a readable but superficial history. The most exciting monograph dealing with his History of England in recent years sees it as a step in the process which led to nineteenth-century historicism. Others have seen (...)
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  18. A Bibliography for Hume’s History of England: A Preliminary View.Roger L. Emerson & Mark G. Spencer - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (1):53-71.
    Recent years have witnessed a renewed scholarly interest in David Hume’s History of England, and this essay adds to that interest by analyzing the sources that Hume used in the History. Unfortunately, Hume did not provide a bibliography or guide to those sources, and no scholar has produced one since. We have been preparing a bibliography for publication and the following essay is a preliminary view of some of what it will show. It demonstrates that Hume consulted and used more (...)
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  19. Spencer, Mark G., Ed., David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer. [REVIEW]Daniel E. Flage - 2014 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (1):203-204.
  20. Mark G. Spencer, Ed. , David Hume. Historical Thinker, Historical Writer . Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Mikko Tolonen - 2014 - Philosophy in Review 34 (6):336-338.
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  21. Maritime Trade as the Pivot of Foreign Policy in Hume’s History of Great Britain.Jia Wei - 2014 - Hume Studies 40 (2):169-203.
    The problem of the balance of power within the European state system constituted an important part of Hume’s historical vision. From the vantage point of mid-eighteenth-century Europe, the maxim of the balance of power, proven to be a universal principle in Greek and Roman history, was believed by many to be essential to mutual prosperity and security.1 This was particularly because France, partaking actively in the international competition for commercial wealth in Europe and the New World, created increasing anxieties over (...)
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  22. Hume the Moral Historian: Queen Elizabeth I.Wade L. Robison - 2013 - The European Legacy 18 (5):576-587.
    Hume was accused of partiality as soon as the first volume of his Histories reached the public. No better test can be found for whether he was partial than by looking at how he writes of Queen Elizabeth I. If his history is biased, we would expect her sex to make a difference to the history. We shall find, however, that Hume treats Elizabeth as a rational being who is a sovereign, and that he achieves, insofar as he describes her (...)
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  23. Hume and the Enthusiasm Puzzle.James Brian Coleman - 2012 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 10 (2):221-235.
    This paper presents a discussion of an apparent inconsistency between Hume's moral theory and his moral evaluations of historical characters in his History of England. While Hume considers enthusiasm to be a religious vice, he praises the characters of some historical enthusiasts, blames others, and regards enthusiasm as having a positive social effect. But according to Hume's moral theory, only a virtue can have positive social effect, or be praiseworthy. The paper refers to the inconsistency between the History and the (...)
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  24. Hume on History.Timothy M. Costelloe - 2012 - In Alan Bailey & Dan O'Brien (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Hume. Continuum. pp. 364.
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  25. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment : ‘Industry, Knowledge and Humanity.’ By Roger L. Emerson. [REVIEW]Max Grober - 2012 - Hume Studies 38 (2):243-247.
    This volume collects ten essays by the distinguished historian Roger L. Emerson. Many are augmented versions of public lectures or conference papers, and all advance Emerson’s career-long study of the Scottish Enlightenment, its social foundations, and its institutional embodiments. Emerson states his case and names his rivals in the anchor piece of the collection, “What is to be Done About the Scottish Enlightenment?” The Scottish Enlightenment, he argues, was a broad-based, indigenous movement of long standing, largely independent of English models. (...)
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  26. David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian.Nicholas Phillipson - 2012 - Yale University Press.
    A giant of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, David Hume was one of the most important philosophers ever to write in English. He was also a brilliant historian. In this book—a new and revised edition of his 1989 classic—Nicholas Phillipson shows how Hume freed history from religion and politics. As a philosopher, Hume sought a way of seeing the world and pursuing happiness independently of a belief in God. His groundbreaking approach applied the same outlook to Britain's history, showing how the past (...)
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  27. Introduction.Andrew Sabl - 2012 - In Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the "History of England". Princeton University Press. pp. 1-20.
  28. Theory and Practice in the Philosophy of David Hume.James Wiley - 2012 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Hume and the problem of theory and practice in philosophy and political theory -- Hume's naturalism and skepticism in the treatise and his appeal from theory to practice -- The systematic theory of theory of the treatise of human nature -- The behaviorist theory of practice of the treatise -- The practical philosophies of skepticism and commercial humanism -- The common sense theory of theory of the enquiries, essays, and history of England -- The common sense theory of practice of (...)
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  29. What Does History Matter to the History of Philosophy?Stephen Gaukroger - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (3):406-424.
  30. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment – Roger Emerson. [REVIEW]James A. Harris - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):189-192.
  31. David Hume en su contexto histórico.Antonio José Cano López - 2010 - Daimon: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 49:205-211.
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  32. Death & Character: Further Reflections on Hume. [REVIEW]Mark Collier - 2010 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2):pp. 247-248.
    The first half of Annette Baier's book opens up a fascinating new area of Hume scholarship. We all know that Hume wore two hats, as a philosopher and a historian. But what exactly is the relationship between his general philosophical writings and his History of England? In particular, what can his portrayals of influential monarchs and religious leaders, such as Oliver Cromwell or Bishop Tunstal, teach us about his philosophical commitments?
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  33. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment: “Industry, Knowledge and Humanity.”. [REVIEW]M. Eddy - 2010 - Isis 101:428-429.
  34. Roger L. Emerson. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment: “Industry, Knowledge and Humanity.” Xvi + 295 Pp., Illus., Tables, Index. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2009. £65. [REVIEW]M. E. Eddy - 2010 - Isis 101 (2):428-429.
  35. Touchstones of History: Anscombe, Hume, and Julius Caesar.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2010 - Logos and Episteme 1 (1):39-57.
    In “Hume and Julius Caesar,” G.E.M. Anscombe argues that some historical claims, such as “Julius Caesar was assassinated,” serve as touchstones for historical knowledge. Only Cartesian doubt can call them into question. I examine her reasons for thinking that the discipline of history must be grounded in claims that it is powerless to discredit. I argue that she is right to recognize that some historical claims are harder to dislodge than others, but wrong to contend that any are invulnerable to (...)
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  36. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men and the Scottish Enlightenment: ‘Industry, Knowledge and Humanity’. [REVIEW]Mark Towsey - 2010 - Enlightenment and Dissent 26:304-309.
  37. David Hume: "The Historian".David Wootton - 2009 - In David Fate Norton & Jacqueline Anne Taylor (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hume. Cambridge University Press. pp. 281--312.
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  38. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men, and the Scottish Enlightenment: Industry, Knowledge, and Humanity.Roger L. Emerson - 2008 - Ashgate.
    The world in which the Scottish Enlightenment took shape -- Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll (1682-1761) : patronage and the creation of the Scottish Enlightenment -- How many Scots were enlightened? -- What did eighteenth-century Scottish students read? -- Our excellent and never to be forgotten friend : David Hume (26 April 1711- 25 August 1776) -- Hume's intellectual development : part II, 1711-1762 -- Hume's histories -- Hume's economics -- Numbering the medics -- Numbers and money -- Who (...)
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  39. Hume's Secular Paradigm: Skepticism and Historical Knowledge.William D. Melaney - 2008 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 25 (3):243 - 257.
    David Hume’s ‘History of England’ is an ambitious work that helps demonstrate how the modern historian can interpret the crucial events that define human communities as continuous in time. This paper is directly concerned with the significance of Hume's historical method, his view of human agency and the role of the English Constitution in appraising the meaning of secularity in his historical work. The more fundamental purpose of the paper will be to show that the study of history was not (...)
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  40. David Hume and Edward Gibbon: Philosophical Historians / Historial Philosophers: Introduction and Overview.Stephen Foster - 2007 - Modern Schoolman 84 (4):285-294.
  41. David Hume: szkocki dziejopis historii Anglii. Próba komentarza.Jerzy Grobis - 2007 - Nowa Krytyka 20.
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  42. Hume on the Index: Religion and the Early History of England.Emilio Mazza - 2007 - Modern Schoolman 84 (4):353-373.
  43. Hume and Kant’s Philosophy of History.? Belás - 2006 - Filozofia 61:281-294.
    The paper deals with the impact of Hume’s philosophy on Kant’s philosophy of history. By comparing the views of the two philosophers the author comes to the conclusion that on some places Kant in his works on his own philosophy of history makes use of Hume’s argumentation concerning the connections between the cultivation of humans, production and trade, and the origins of political freedom, as well as the rise of the society controlled by justice and law. The author sees the (...)
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  44. Philosophy and History in David Hume.Jim Sauer - 2006 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 4 (1):51-62.
    Abstract In this paper, I argue that there is a recursive relationship between history and philosophy that provides the methodological basis for the moral (human) sciences in the work of David Hume. A grasp of Hume's use of history is integral to understanding his project which I believe to be the establishment of “moral science” (i.e., the social sciences) on an empirical basis by linking that history and philosophy as two sides of the same discourse about human beings.
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  45. Hume and the Historiography of Philosophy.Alexander Stewart - 2006 - .
  46. In Defence of Hume's Historical Method.Alix Cohen - 2005 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (3):489 – 502.
    A tradition among certain Hume scholars, best known as the ‘New Humeans’, proposes a novel reading of Hume’s work, and in particular of his conception of causality.2 The purpose of this paper is to conduct a similar move regarding Hume’s historical method. It is similar for two reasons: firstly, it is intended to reintegrate Hume’s theory into present-day debates on the nature of history; and secondly, the reading I propose is directed against the standard interpretation of Hume’s history. This interpretation (...)
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  47. David Hume: Reason in History. [REVIEW]Dario Perinetti - 2005 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (2):212-213.
  48. Ilustración y progreso en David Hume.Amán Rosales Rodríguez - 2005 - Logos. Anales Del Seminario de Metafísica [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España] 38 (1):117-141.
    The relationship between Enlightenment and progress in David Hume is presented and discussed in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment. It is asserted that Hume’s thoughts on progress, although similar to those exposed by some of his contemporaries, are characterized by a sober conception of human action on history. Hume’s political and social philosophy proposes an interesting critical philosophy of history and progress, avoiding the undesirable extremes of naïveté and pessimism.
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  49. David Hume and Eighteenth-Century America.Mark G. Spencer - 2005 - University of Rochester Press.
    Hume's works in Colonial and early Revolutionary America -- Historiographical context for Hume's reception in eighteenth-century America -- Hume's earliest reception in Colonial America -- Hume's impact on the prelude to American independence -- Humean origins of the American Revolution -- Hume and Madison on faction -- Was Hume a liability in late eighteenth-century America? -- Explaining "Publius's" silent use of Hume -- The reception of Hume's politics in late eighteenth-century America.
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  50. David Hume: Reason in History. [REVIEW]Timothy M. Costelloe - 2004 - Hume Studies 30 (2):405-407.
    Claudia Schmidt begins her new book, David Hume: Reason in History, by noting how recent literature has tended either to offer an overview of Hume’s thinking or to develop a “unified account of a number of themes” from it; there are no extant studies, she emphasizes, that both display the “explicit order of a systematic survey” and provide “a unified interpretation of his thought”. Schmidt takes this to be a “lacuna in the literature,” one she intends to fill by combining (...)
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