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The Passion for Happiness : Samuel Johnson and David Hume

The Passion for Happiness : Samuel Johnson and David Hume
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David Hume : An Introduction to His Philosophical System (Purdue University Series in the History of Philosophy)

David Hume : An Introduction to His Philosophical System 
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An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (Oxford Philosophical Texts) by David Hume, Tom L. Beauchamp (Editor).
The Cambridge Companion to Hume The Cambridge Companion to Hume by David Fate Norton (Editor)

David Hume's mother reportedly lamented, "Our Davie is a fine good-natured critter, but uncommon weak-minded." Perhaps she would have been comforted to know that today her son is widely considered to be the most important philosopher ever to have written in the English language. The Companion's 11 essays take the reader from Hume's precocious Treatise of Human Nature--published in 1739, when he was only 28--to the posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and cover not only the subjects central to Hume's philosophy but also his views on politics, economics, literary and aesthetic theory, and even history. As David Wootton's essay observes, the British Library catalog identifies Hume as "the historian"--"to the puzzlement," Wootton quips, "of generations of philosophers." Also included are Hume's two short autobiographies, written in his own inimitable style: he describes the unexcited reaction to his Treatise by saying that "it fell dead-born from the press, without reaching such distinction as even to excite a murmur among the zealots."

The contributors to the Companion are among the most respected contemporary Hume scholars; their essays are uniformly clear and accessible. Robert J. Fogelin's article on Hume's skepticism, Knud Haakonssen's article on Hume's political theory, and J.C.A. Gaskin's article on Hume's philosophy of religion are particularly worthwhile, as is the substantial bibliography. Although the Companion is not aimed at the specialist, neither is it for the philosophical novice--still, anyone interested in Hume's life and work would benefit from perusing it. --Glenn Branch

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Hume Archives

Repository of electronic texts by and about 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume. Includes early reviews and commentaries of his writing.


The Hume Society

The Hume Society invites all persons interested in the philosophy and writings of David Hume to become a member.

Founded in 1974, the Hume Society is an international organization with approximately 600 members around the world. The purpose of the Society is to stimulate scholarship on all aspects of Hume's writings.

The Society holds regular meetings, called "Hume Conferences," at least once every two years, group meetings at the Canadian Philosophical Association meetings and the Eastern, Central and Pacific Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association, and special meetings held either independently or jointly sponsored with another society.


David Hume Biography


David Hume was the son of a minor Scottish landowner. His family wanted him to become a lawyer, but he felt an "insurmountable resistance to everything but philosophy and learning". Mr. Hume attended Edinburgh University, and in 1734 he moved to a French town called La Fleche to pursue philosophy. He later returned to Britain and began his literary career. As Hume built up his reputation, he gained more and more political power.


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