Selected Essays by David HumeSelected Essays by David Hume

Selected Essays

byDavid HumeEditorStephen Copley, Andrew Edgar

Paperback | July 12, 2008

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In his writings, David Hume set out to bridge the gap between the learned world of the academy and the marketplace of polite society. This collection, drawing largely on his Essays Moral, Political, and Literary (1776 edition), which was even more popular than his famous Treatise of HumanNature, comprehensively shows how far he succeeded. From `Of Essay Writing' to `Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences' Hume embraces a staggering range of social, cultural, political, demographic, and historical concerns. With the scope typical of the Scottish Enlightenment, he charts the state of civil society, manners, morals, andtaste, and the development of political economy in the mid-eighteenth century. These essays represent not only those areas where Hume's arguments are revealingly typical of his day, but also where he is strikingly innovative in a period already famous for its great thinkers.
Stephen Copley is a Lecturer in English in the School of English Studies, Journalism and Philosophy at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Andrew Edgar is a Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of English Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Title:Selected EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:July 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyChronology1. Of Essay Writing2. Of the Middle Station of Life3. Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion4. That Politics may be Reduced to a Science5. Of the First Principles of Government6. Of the Origin of Government7. Of the Parties of Great Britain8. Of Superstition and Enthusiasm9. Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature10. Of Civil Liberty11. Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences12. The Epicurean13. The Stoic14. The Platonist15. The Sceptic16. Of National Characters17. Of Tragedy18. Of the Standard of Taste19. Of Commerce20. Of Refinement in the Arts21. Of Interest22. Of the Balance of Trade23. Of Public Credit24. Of Some Remarkable Customs25. Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations26. Of the Original Contract27. Of the Protestant Succession28. Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth29. On Suicide30. On the Immortality of the Soul

Editorial Reviews

`This reviewer found Copley and Edgar's edition to be the easiest to read, and as such it may be appropriate for less experienced students of Hume's work.'Scottish Tradition