David Hume: Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary




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David Hume, David Hume: Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary, 2 Vols., Tom L. Beauchamp and Mark A. Box (eds.), Clarendon Press, 2021, 1200pp., $230.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198847090.   

Reviewed by Paul Russell, Lund University

Looking across the distance of time to admire David Hume’s contributions and achievements, we are presented not with a single peak but with a range of towering peaks. From the perspective of contemporary philosophy, it is Hume’s first and lengthiest work, A Treatise of Human Nature, published in 1739–40, that dominates the horizon. There are, nevertheless, other peaks standing nearby. This includes both the Enquiries, on human understanding (1748) and on morals (1751) respectively, in which Hume “recasts” his Treatise. It also includes Hume’s posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779). Although these works are generally regarded as containing the core of Hume’s philosophy, they are by no means his only great works. There is also Hume’s History of England, published in six…

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