The Life of David Hume

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Clarendon Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 709 pages
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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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"The standard modern biography" - Simon Blackburn

Contents

BOYHOOD AT NINEWELLS
21
STUDENT DAYS AT EDINBURGH
35
LAW VERSUS LITERATURE
52
DISEASE OF THE LEARNED
66
RECOVERY THROUGH CATHARSIS
81
FEVER OF PUBLICATION
106
SCOTLANDS AUGUSTANS 370
126
THE INDIFFERENCE OF ENGLAND
300
THE PHILOSOPHES
475
EMBASSY SECRETARY
489
JEANJACQUES ROUSSEAU
507
UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE
533
AUTUMNAL SERENITY
559
DISTURBERS OF THE PEACE
577
DEATH COMES FOR THE PHILOSOPHER
589
THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN NATURE
604

A MILITARY CAMPAIGN 187
363
CITIZEN OF THE WORLD 17631769
407
ESSAYS MORAL AND POLITICAL 134
416
THE CALL OF FRANCE
423
THE ADULATION OF FRANCE
441
THE COMTESSE DE BOUFFLERS
456
A Humes My Oum Life
611
A MILITARY EMBASSY 205
612
Rankenian Club
617
Textual Supplement
628
FOUR DISSERTATIONS 3
690
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E.C. Mossner was formerly Professor of English at the University of Texas.

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