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Selected Essays : Oxford World's Classics - David Hume

Selected Essays

Oxford World's Classics

By: David Hume, Stephen Copley (Editor), Andrew Edgar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th June 2008
ISBN: 9780199540303
Number Of Pages: 448

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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 Human Nature, 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, and taste, 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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`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

Introduction Note on the Text Select Bibliography Chronology 1: Of Essay Writing 2: Of the Middle Station of Life 3: Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion 4: That Politics may be Reduced to a Science 5: Of the First Principles of Government 6: Of the Origin of Government 7: Of the Parties of Great Britain 8: Of Superstition and Enthusiasm 9: Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature 10: Of Civil Liberty 11: Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences 12: The Epicurean 13: The Stoic 14: The Platonist 15: The Sceptic 16: Of National Characters 17: Of Tragedy 18: Of the Standard of Taste 19: Of Commerce 20: Of Refinement in the Arts 21: Of Interest 22: Of the Balance of Trade 23: Of Public Credit 24: Of Some Remarkable Customs 25: Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations 26: Of the Original Contract 27: Of the Protestant Succession 28: Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth 29: On Suicide 30: On the Immortality of the Soul

ISBN: 9780199540303
ISBN-10: 0199540306
Series: Oxford World's Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 12th June 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.3

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