The Life of David Hume

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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 history of the eighteenth century' Richard H. Popkin in the Philological Quarterly'This magnificent and exemplary work...has more than a biographical value. It is a study of intellectual reaction in the eighteenth century: a book for many readers, and not only for those of a philosophical turn.'C. E. Vulliamy in The Observer'This is the work of a man thoroughly in love with his subject...this biography is the product of long and happy research. The length and the happiness both contribute to its merits.' The Times Literary Supplement
 

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Contents

MAN OF LETTERS
3
THE HUMES OF NINEWELLS
6
BOYHOOD AT NINEWELLS
20
STUDENT DAYS AT EDINBURGH
35
LAW VERSUS LITERATURE
52
DISEASE OF THE LEARNED
66
RECOVERY THROUGH CATHARSIS
81
TRANQUILLITY IN FRANCE
92
THE OPPOSITION GATHERS
286
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND
301
FOUR DISSERTATIONS
327
DRUM ECCLESIASTIC
336
The Barbarians who inhabit the Banks of the Thames
390
30
408
I
423
They consider me as one of the greatest geniuses in the world
441

FEVER OF PUBLICATION
106
A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE
117
io A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE i 17
129
ESSAYS MORAL AND POLITICAL
134
OBSERVER OF HUMAN NATURE 17441749
151
OBSERVER OF HUMAN NATURE 17441749
158
THE UNFORTUNATE TUTOR
175
A MILITARY CAMPAIGN
187
A MILITARY EMBASSY
209
DISTINGUISHED MAN OF LETTERS 17491763
221
ACHIEVEMENT OF AMBITION
223
LEISURE AND LAUGHTER
233
CITIZEN OF EDINBURGH
240
CITIZEN OF EDINBURGH
241
2o POLITICAL DISCOURSES
257
PAX ECCLESIASTICA
272
The seiks in the Rue Royale
475
This nice little
507
am now from a Philosopher degenerated into a petty Statesman
533
AUTUMNAL SERENITY
559
That bigotted silly Fellow Beattie
577
now reckon upon a speedy Dissolution
589
A manly steady virtue
604
A Humes My Own Life
611
Rankenian Club
617
Textual Supplement
628
409
672
489
680
507
687
557
701
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E.C. Mossner was formerly Professor of English at the University of Texas.

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