Hume, David (1711–76)

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List of works

  • Hume, D. (1875) The Philosophical Works of David Hume, ed. T.H. Green and T.H. Grose, London: Longman, Green, 4 vols.

    (At present the most complete edition of Hume’s philosophical writings. It contains ‘A Dialogue’, and all the following works except the History of England, the ‘Abstract’ of the Treatise, and The Letter from a Gentleman. A new edition of Hume’s writings, to be published by Clarendon Press, is in progress, edited by T.L. Beauchamp, D.F. Norton and M.A. Stewart.)

  • Hume, D. (1739–40) A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. L.A. Selby-Bigge and P.H. Nidditch, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.

    (Includes the Abstract.)

  • Hume, D. (1740) Abstract of A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. J.M. Keynes and P. Sraffa, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1938.

  • Hume, D.(1741–77) Essays, Moral, Political and Literary, ed. E.F. Miller, Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Classics, 1985.

  • Hume, D. (1745) A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh: Containing Some Observations on A Specimen of the Principles Concerning Religion and Morality, said to be maintain’d in a Book lately publish’d, intituled, A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. E.C. Mossner and J.V. Price, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1967.

  • Hume, D. (1748, 1751) Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals, ed. L.A. Selby-Bigge and P.H. Nidditch, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.

    (Does not contain ‘A Dialogue’. Page references in the entry given as Enquiries refer to the 1978 joint edition.)

  • Hume, D. (1754–62) The History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, Edinburgh and London, 6 vols.

    (Most easily obtainable now from Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Classics, 1983.)

  • Hume, D. (1757) The Natural History of Religion, ed. H.E. Root, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1957.

  • Hume, D. (1779) My Own Life, in T.H. Green and T.H. Grose (eds) Works, vol. 3, London: Longman, Green.

    (Also titled The Life of David Hume, Written by Himself.)

  • Hume, D. (1779) Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, ed. N.K. Smith, London: Collier Macmillan Publishers; New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1947.

  • Hume, D. (1932) The Letters of David Hume, ed. J.Y.T. Greig, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2 vols.

  • Hume, D. (1954) New Letters of David Hume, ed. R. Klibansky and E.C. Mossner, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

References and further reading

(Anthologies are not included.)

  • Árdal, P.S. (1966) Passion and Value in Hume’s ‘Treatise’, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    (An important study of Book II of the Treatise in relation to Book III.)

  • Baier, A.C. (1991) A Progress of Sentiments: Reflections on Hume’s ‘Treatise’, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (Emphasizes the dialectical unity of the Treatise.)

  • Beauchamp, T.L. and Rosenberg, A. (1981) Hume and the Problem of Causation, New York: Oxford University Press.

    (The standard work on Hume’s views about the causal relation.)

  • Box, M.A. (1990) The Suasive Art of David Hume, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (A study of Hume’s changes of style after what he saw as the failure of the Treatise to convey his message.)

  • Bricke, J. (1996) Hume’s Moral Psychology, New York: Oxford University Press.

    (Emphasizes Hume’s account of motivation, and relates his views to those of Donald Davidson.)

  • Capaldi, N. (1989) Hume’s Place in Moral Philosophy, New York: Peter Lang.

    (Takes Hume to have effected a ‘Copernican revolution’ in ethics by turning away from the ‘I think’ perspective of his predecessors to a more social and pragmatic ‘we do’ perspective, from which cultural practice commands attention.)

  • Danforth, J.W. (1990) Hume and the Problem of Reason: Recovering the Human Sciences, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

    (A study of Hume’s philosophy of culture.)

  • Deleuze, G. (1953) Empiricism and Subjectivity, trans. C.V. Boudas. London; New York, 1980.

    (Emphasizes the importance of Hume’s account of the imagination, and the influence of general rules. Not for beginners.)

  • Flew, A. (1961) Hume’s Philosophy of Belief, New York: Humanities Press.

    (A close examination of the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding)

  • Fogelin, R.J. (1985) Hume’s Skepticism in the ‘Treatise of Human Nature’, London, and Boston, MA: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (A vivid presentation of Hume’s Treatise sceptical arguments, taken to include his account of moral judgment.)

  • Forbes, D. (1975) Hume’s Philosophical Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A mine of information about the complex background of Hume’s political philosophy.)

  • Gaskin, J.C.A. (1978) Hume’s Philosophy of Religion, New York: Macmillan.

    (The standard work on Hume’s views on religion.)

  • Hall, R. (1978)Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    (Supplementary updates are published in Hume Studies, the journal of The Hume Society.)

  • Hendel, C. (1925) Studies in the Philosophy of David Hume, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Sympathetic and scholarly reading of some themes in Hume’s writings, a good counterweight to T.H. Green’s treatment, in his and Grose’s edition of Hume’s works.)

  • Huxley, T.H. (1894) Hume with Helps to the Study of Berkeley, London: Macmillan.

    (Of some historical importance. Hume’s views on liberty and necessity are highlighted, as are his views about religion. Hume is praised for the ‘sagacity’ of treatment of human capacities as continuous with those of the higher animals. A brief but beguiling biography is included.)

  • Ikeda, S. (1986, 1988) David Hume and Eighteenth Century British Thought, Tokyo: Chuo University Library, 2 vols.

    (A valuable bibliography.)

  • Jones, P. (1982) Hume’s Sentiments: Their Ciceronian and French Context, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

    (The book lives up to its title.)

  • Kemp Smith, Norman (1941) The Philosophy of David Hume, London: Macmillan.

    (Emphasizes the influence of Hutcheson, the priority of Hume’s moral over his epistemological interests, and of his naturalism over his scepticism. A landmark work.)

  • Laird, J. (1932) Hume’s Philosophy of Human Nature, London: Methuen.

    (A good critical survey of Hume’s philosophy. Broad in coverage of topics, fair in criticism.)

  • Lecaldano, E. (1991) Hume e la nascita dell’etica contemporanea (Hume and the Origin of Modern Ethics), Laterza.

    (Relates Hume’s ethics and social philosophy to the contemporary contractarian tradition.)

  • Livingston, D. (1984) Hume’s Philosophy of Common Life, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Emphasizes the importance of Hume’s treatment of time, and the ‘narrative structure’ of thought.)

  • Mackie, J. (1980) Hume’s Moral Theory, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (An acute analysis and sympathetic criticism of Hume’s moral theory.)

  • Malherbe, M. (1976) La Philosophie Empiriste de David Hume (The Empiricist Philosophy of David Hume), Paris.

    (A general introduction.)

  • Miller, D. (1981) Philosophy and Ideology in Hume’s Political Thought, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (A helpful introduction not only to Hume’s political theory, but to his philosophy in general.)

  • Mossner, E.C. (1954) The Life of David Hume, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Goes well beyond the earlier biographies by T.E. Richie (1907), John Hill Burton (1846), and J.Y.T. Greig (1931) in the wealth of fascinating information offered.)

  • Norton, D.F. (1982) David Hume: Common-Sense Moralist, Sceptical Metaphysician, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Discusses Hume’s relation to Hutcheson, and the restrictions of his scepticism.)

  • Norton, D.F. (1993) The Cambridge Companion to Hume, New York: Cambridge University Press.

    (Essays on all aspects of Hume’s thought, with extensive bibliography.)

  • Noxon, J. (1973) Hume’s Philosophical Development: A Study of His Methods, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (About the only study of Hume’s philosophical development.)

  • Passmore, J.A. (1952) Hume’s Intentions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A clear and scholarly book which stresses the many different strains in Hume’s thought, including associationism, positivism and scepticism.)

  • Pears, D. (1990) Hume’s System: An Examination of the First Book of His ‘Treatise’, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Particularly helpful on Hume’s Treatise account of causal inference.)

  • Penelhum, T.H. (1975) Hume, London: Macmillan.

    (A short clear book, especially interesting and influential on personal identity.)

  • Penelhum, T.H. (1992) David Hume: An Introduction to His Philosophical System, West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

    (A very helpful commentary on selected texts from Hume’s Enquiries. Contains a fine bibliographical guide.)

  • Phillipson, N. (1989) Hume, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

    (A study of Hume as historian, emphasizing his criticisms of religion as a social force.)

  • Price, H.H. (1940) Hume’s Theory of the External World, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (A close examination of Book I, Part IV of the Treatise. Ingenious, influential, idiosyncratic.)

  • Snare, F. (1991) Morals, Motivation and Convention: Hume’s Influential Doctrines, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A close critical scrutiny of Hume’s Treatise views in social philosophy and their relevance for contemporary discussion.)

  • Stewart, J.B. (1992) Opinion and Reform in Hume’s Political Philosophy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Challenges the view that Hume is a ‘conservative’ in his politics.)

  • Strawson, G. (1989) The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Challenges the usual reading of Hume’s views about causes in nature.)

  • Streminger, G. (1994) David Hume: Sein Leben und Sein Werk (David Hume: His Life and Work), Paderborn-München-Wien-Zürich: Ferdinand Schöningh.

    (A lavishly illustrated comprehensive account of Hume’s life and writings, particularly good on the cultural background.)

  • Stroud, B. (1977) Hume, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (A deeply philosophical exploration of the interplay of scepticism and naturalism in Hume’s philosophy.)

  • Whelan, F.G. (1985) Order and Artifice in Hume’s Political Philosophy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Has become the standard work on Hume’s political philosophy in the Treatise.)

  • Wright, J. (1983) The Sceptical Realism of David Hume, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

    (Helpful on Hume’s debt, in his epistemology and metaphysics, to Descartes and Malebranche.)

  • Yandell, K.E. (1990) Hume’s ‘Inexplicable Mystery’: His Views on Religion, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

    (Relates Hume’s views on religious belief to his Treatise account of belief in general.)

Citing this article:
Garrett, Don. Bibliography. Hume, David (1711–76), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB040-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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