Practicing Enlightenment: Hume and the Formation of a Literary Career

University of Wisconsin Press (1987)
In this highly original study, Jerome Christensen reconstructs the career of a representative Enlightenment man of letters, David Hume. In doing so, Christensen develops a prototype for a post-structuralist biography. Christensen motivates the interplay between Hume’s texts as arguments and as symbolic acts by conceiving of Hume’s literary career as an adaptive discursive practice, the projected and performed narrative of his social life. Students and scholars of eighteenth-century English and French literature, feminist studies, political theory and history, philosophy, and intellectual history will welcome this unprecedented and challenging view of David Hume and his times.
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Call number B1498.C54 1987
ISBN(s) 0299107507   029910754X   029910754X pbk
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