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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 Mortal, Political, and Literary (1776 edition), comprehensively shows how far he succeeded.
As seen in these selections, Hume embraces a staggering range of social, cultural, political, demographic, and historical concerns, charting the state of civil society, manners, morals, and taste, and the ...
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Overview


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 Mortal, Political, and Literary (1776 edition), comprehensively shows how far he succeeded.
As seen in these selections, Hume embraces a staggering range of social, cultural, political, demographic, and historical concerns, charting the state of civil society, manners, morals, and taste, and the development of political economy in the mid-eighteenth century. These essays represent not only those areas where Hume's arguments representative of his age, but also where he is strikingly innovative.
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"Good selection, printing and price."--Martin Weatherston, East Stroudsburg University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199540303
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 946,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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both at the University of Wales, Cardiff
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology
Of Essay Writing 1
Of the Middle Station of Life 5
Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion 10
That Politics may be Reduced to a Science 13
Of the First Principles of Government 24
Of the Origin of Government 28
Of the Parties of Great Britain 32
Of Superstition and Enthusiasm 38
Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature 43
Of Civil Liberty 49
Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences 56
The Epicurean 77
The Stoic 83
The Platonist 91
The Sceptic 95
Of National Characters 113
Of Tragedy 126
Of the Standard of Taste 133
Of Commerce 154
Of Refinement in the Arts 167
Of Interest 177
Of the Balance of Trade 188
Of Public Credit 203
Of Some Remarkable Customs 216
Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations 223
Of the Original Contract 274
Of the Protestant Succession 292
Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth 301
On Suicide 315
On the Immortality of the Soul 324
Editors' Notes 333
Selected Original Notes and Textual Variants by Hume 345
List of Names 397
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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    A great edition of important philosophical works

    This is a cheap, well made (though paperback) edition of most of Hume's most important essays.

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