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This volume provides a new and nuanced appreciation of David Hume, the historian. Gone for good are the days when one can off-handedly assert, as R. G. Collingwood once did, that Hume “deserted philosophical studies in favour of historical” ones. History and philosophy are commensurate in Hume’s thought and works from the beginning to the end. Only by recognizing this can we begin to make sense of Hume’s canon as a whole. Only then are we able to see clearly his many contributions to fields we now recognize as the distinct disciplines of history, philosophy, political science, economics, literature, religious studies and much else besides. Casting their individual beams of light on various nooks and crannies of Hume’s historical thought and writing, the book’s contributors illuminate the whole in a way that would not be possible from the perspective of a single-authored study. Aside from the editor, the contributors are David Allan, M. A. Box, Timothy M. Costelloe, Roger L. Emerson, Jennifer Herdt, Philip Hicks, Douglas Long, Claudia M. Schmidt, Michael Silverthorne, Jeffrey M. Suderman, Mark R. M. Towsey, and F. L. Van Holthoon.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Front
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Method of Citation
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Hume as Historian
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 1: Hume and Ecclesiastical History: Aims and Contexts
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. Chapter 2: Artificial Lives, Providential History, and the Apparent Limits of Sympathetic Understanding
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter 3: “The Spirit of Liberty”: Historical Causation and Political Rhetoric in the Age of Hume
  2. pp. 61-80
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  1. Chapter 4: “The Book Seemed to Sink into Oblivion”: Reading Hume’s History in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Chapter 5: Reading Hume’s History of England: Audience and Authority in Georgian England
  2. pp. 103-120
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  1. Chapter 6: Medieval Kingship and the Making of Modern Civility: Hume’s Assessment of Governance in the History of England
  2. pp. 121-142
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  1. Chapter 7: Hume and the End of History
  2. pp. 143-162
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  1. Chapter 8: David Hume as a Philosopher of History
  2. pp. 163-180
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  1. Chapter 9: Fact and Fiction: Memory and Imagination in Hume’s Approach to History and Literature
  2. pp. 181-200
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  1. Chapter 10: Hume’s Historiographical Imagination
  2. pp. 201-224
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  1. Chapter 11: The “Most Curious & Important of All Questions of Erudition”: Hume’s Assessment of the Populousness of Ancient Nations
  2. pp. 225-254
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-266
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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  1. Cover Back
  2. p. 296
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271060873
Related ISBN
9780271061542
MARC Record
OCLC
868199420
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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