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- T. E. Jessop, A Bibliography of David Hume and of Scottish
Philosophy from Francis Hutcheson to Lord Balfour (London: A.
Brown, 1938; rpt. New York: Russell & Russell, 1966). Useful but
- Ernest Campbell Mossner, "Hume's Four Dissertations: An
Essay in Biography and Bibliography," Modern Philology
48:1 (1950): 37-57.
- David Hume and the Eighteenth-Century
British Thought: An Annotated Catalogue (Tokyo: Chuo Univ.
Library, 1986). Catalogues the extensive library of Hume editions
collected by the scholar John Vladimir Price; also contains
useful comparative tables of the different editions of both
Hume's Essays and his History of England.
- David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton, The David Hume
Library (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society in
association with the National Library of Scotland, 1996).
Although no catalogue of Hume's own library survives, the Nortons
have traced the path of Hume's books to his brother and sister,
then to his nephew, David Hume the Younger (later Baron Hume),
and finally to Thomas Stevenson, an Edinburgh bookseller.
- Roland Hall, Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A
Bibliographical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press,
1978). Covers the period 1925-76. Hall covers the Hume literature
from 1977-85 in essays appearing annually in the journal Hume
- William E. Morris, "The Hume Literature, 1986-1993," Hume
Studies 20:2 (Nov. 1994): 299-326. Morris covers the
literature from 1994 and 1996 in the November issues of Hume
Studies, 1995 to 1997. Unlike his predecessor Roland Hall,
Morris excludes items appearing in the journal Hume
- "Index of Hume Studies," Hume Studies 19:2
(November 1993): 327-64.
- The Philosophical Works of David Hume, ed. T. H. Green
and T. H. Grose, 4 vols. (London 1874-5; rpt. Aalen: Scientia
Verlag, 1964). This edition is largely out of date; until the
appearance of the collected works currently in progress, Hume's
works should be cited from the following individual editions.
- A Treatise of Human Nature, ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge, rev. P.
H. Nidditch (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).
- Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and Concerning the
Principles of Morals, ed. L. A. Selby-Bigge, rev. P. H.
Nidditch (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975).
- Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, ed. Norman Kemp
Smith (London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1947).
- The Natural History of Religion and Dialogues concerning
Natural Religion, ed. A. Wayne Colver and John Vladimir
Price (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976).
- Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed. Eugene F.
Miller (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1985).
- The History of England, ed. William B. Todd, 6 vols.
(Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1983).
- A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh
(Edinburgh, 1745). Rpt. with an Intro. by Ernest C. Mossner and John V.
Price (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1957).
- A Concise and Genuine Account of the Dispute between Mr. Hume
and M. Rousseau; with the Letters That Passed between Them during
their Controversy (London, 1766).
- Ernest Campbell Mossner, "Hume's Early Memoranda, 1729-40: The
Complete Text," Journal of the History of Ideas 9 (1948):
- David Raynor, "Hume on Wilkes and Liberty: Two Possible Contributions
to the London Chronicle," Eighteenth-Century Studies 13
- David Raynor, ed., Sister Peg: A Pamphlet Hitherto Unknown, by
David Hume (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1982). The
attribution of this pamphlet to Hume remains controversial.
- David Raynor, "Who Invented the Invisible Hand? Hume's Praise of
Laissez-Faire in a Newly Discovered Pamphlet," TLS August
14, 1998: 22.
- M. A. Stewart, "Hume's 'Bellmen's Petition': The Original Text,"
Hume Studies 23:1 (April 1997): 3-7
- M. A. Stewart, "An Early Fragment on Evil," in Hume and Hume's
Connexions, ed. M. A. Stewart and John P. Wright (University
Park: Pennsylvania Univ. Press, 1994), 160-70.
- The Letters of David Hume, ed. J. Y. T. Greig, 2 vols.
(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932).
- New Letters of David Hume, ed. Raymond Klibansky and Ernest
Campbell Mossner (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954).
- Ernest Campbell Mossner, The Life of David Hume
(Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson: 1954; 2nd ed., Oxford: Clarendon
Press, 1980). The standard biography.
- -----, The Forgotten Hume: Le Bon David (New York:
Columbia Univ. Press, 1943). Mossner's early attempt to situate
Hume within his historical milieu..
- J. Y. T. Greig, David Hume (New York: Oxford Univ.
Press, 1931). A literate, witty, and unjustly neglected work. As
an instructive contrast to Mossner's serene and saintly Hume,
Greig offers us a more feisty and pugnacious character.
- John Hill Burton, Life and Correspondence of David
Hume, 2 vols. (Edinburgh, 1846). Largely superseded, but
still contains several items of interest, including some (not
very good) verses attributed to Hume.
- Jerome Christensen, Practicing Enlightenment: Hume and the
Formation of a Literary Career (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin
Press, 1987). A post-structuralist or "non-mimetic" biography of
Hume. Includes deliciously wicked interpretations of Hume's
relationships with the Comtesse de Boufflers and Rousseau.
- Hume Studies (1975-).
- Bulletin of the Hume Society (1971-). Contains short
reviews as well as information on the annual international Hume
Collections and Festschriften
- Stanley Tweyman, ed. David Hume: Critical Assessments,
6 vols. (London: Routledge, 1995). An extensive collection of
articles on Hume, most of them previously published. The
collection's only limitation is that it slights Hume's historical
and aesthetic writings. The volumes are divided according to the
- Volume 1: Epistemology, Reason;
- Volume 2: Induction, Scepticism;
- Volume 3: Space and Time, Ontology, Mental Activity, Naturalism,
Causality, External World, Personal Identity and Self;
- Volume 4: Ethics, Passions, Sympathy, "Is" and "Ought";
- Volume 5: Religion;
- Volume 6: Politics, Economics, Justice, Miscellaneous.
- V. C. Chappell, ed., Hume: A Collection of Critical
Essays (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1966).
- William B. Todd, ed., Hume and the Enlightenment: Essays
Presented to Ernest Campbell Mossner (Edinburgh: Edinburgh
Univ. Press, 1974).
- Donald Livingston and J. King, eds., Hume: A
Re-evaluation (New York: Fordham Univ. Press, 1976).
- Donald Livingston and Marie Martin, eds., Hume as
Philosopher of Society, Politics and History (Rochester:
Univ. of Rochester Press, 1991). 14 articles reprinted from the
Journal of the History of Ideas, 1941-1984.
- M. A. Stewart and John P. Wright, eds., Hume and Hume's
Connexions (University Park: The Pennsylvania State Univ.
Press, 1994). Excellent essays on Hume in relation to Hutcheson,
Butler, Reid and Kant; to natural law and utilitarianism; to the
early modern discussion of miracles and the ancient art of the
- J. J. MacIntosh and H. A. Meynell, eds., Faith, Scepticism
and Personal Identity: A Festschrift for Terence Penelhum
(Calgary, Alberta: Univ. of Calgary Press, 1994).
- David Fate Norton, ed., The Cambridge Companion to
Hume (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993). A solid
collection of introductory essays on topics ranging from Hume's
science of mind to his political theory, political economy,
aesthetic theory, and historiography.
- James Fieser, ed., Early Responses to Hume (Bristol:
Thoemmes Press, 2000-). A new series of 10 projected volumes,
collecting hundreds of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century
critical publications (book extracts, reviews, pamphlets) on the
gamut of Hume's writings. Currently available (2000):
- Volumes 1 and 2, Early Responses to Hume's Moral, Literary
and Political Writings;
- Volumes 3 and 4, Early Responses to Hume's Metaphysical
and Epistemological Writings.
- Norman Kemp Smith, The Philosophy of David Hume: A
Critical Study of its Origins and Central Doctrines (London:
Macmillan, 1941; rpt. 1964). The starting point for the
20th-century study of Hume's Treatise and
Enquiries. Smith maintains that Hume's philosophy can be
more adequately described as naturalistic than as sceptical.
- Laurence L. Bongie, David Hume: Prophet of the
Counter-revolution (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965; rpt.
Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1998). A valuable study of Hume's
History of England and its reception in late
eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century France.
- Pall S. Ardal, Passion and Value in Hume's Treatise
(Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1966; 2nd ed. 1989). An
important analysis of Hume's conception of the passions, moral
sentiments, and sympathy.
- James Noxon, Hume's Philosophical Development: A Study of
His Methods (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973). Provocatively
argues for the philosophical superiority of Hume's later works to
his youthful Treatise.
- Barry Stroud, Hume (London: Routledge & Kegan
Paul, 1978). A widely cited work, chiefly concerned with the
- J. C. A. Gaskin, Hume's Philosophy of Religion
(London: Macmillan, 1978; 2nd ed. 1988). Draws attention to the
broad scope of Hume's philosophical writings on religion, and
argues for their (roughly speaking, Deistical) consistency.
- Peter Jones, Hume's Sentiments: Their Ciceronian and
French Contexts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1982). An
work of intellectual history that situates Hume's philosophical
and aesthetic writings in relation to Cicero and to French
authors such as Bayle and Dubos.
- David Fate Norton, David Hume: Common Sense-Moralist,
Sceptical Metaphysician (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press,
1982). Against Kemp Smith's wholly naturalistic interpretation of
the Treatise and Enquiries, Norton argues that
Hume's philosophy balances naturalism and Academic scepticism.
- Donald W. Livingston, Hume's Philosophy of Common Life
(Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984). The first systematic
study of the relation between Hume's philosophical and historical
work. Livingston has done more than any other twentieth-century
philosopher to address Hume's body of writings as a coherent
whole; see also his Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium:
Hume's Pathology of Philosophy (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago
- M. A. Box, The Suasive Art of David Hume (Princeton:
Princeton Univ. Press, 1990). Contains a valuable chapter on
Hume's complex relation to the "Scriblerian Humanists," Swift and
- Donald T. Siebert, The Moral Animus of David Hume
(Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 1990). Interprets Hume's
History of England as a work of the moral imagination;
convincingly shows that as a historian Hume allows religion -- of
a Catholic or Anglican variety -- a positive social role.
- Keith E. Yandell, Hume's "Inexplicable Mystery": His Views
on Religion (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1990). Sees
Hume's Natural History of Religion the center-piece of his
- Annette Baier, A Progress of Sentiments: Reflections on
Hume's Treatise (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1991). A
masterful reading of the Treatise as a unified whole.
Baier's later Moral Prejudices: Essays on Ethics
(Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1994) contains essays on Hume's
amenability to feminist philosophers.
- John B. Stewart, Opinion and Reform in Hume's Political
Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1992). Stewart
champions Hume as an enlightened liberal rather than, as he is
often seen, a conservative philosopher. The book is largely
occupied, however, with carefully situating Books 2 and 3 of the
Treatise in relation to Hume's intellectual lineage from
Grotius to Hutcheson and Butler.
- Adam Potkay, The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of Hume
(Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1994). Using Hume's essay "Of
Eloquence" as a focal point, examines the eighteenth-century rise
and fall of oratory as a stylistic and civic ideal. See also
Potkay, The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson and David
Hume (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2000), for a broader
assessment of the influence of Ciceronian humanism on British
- Jennifer Herdt, Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral
Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1997). Links
Hume's concept of sympathy from the Treatise with his
later, historical concern with the destructiveness of religious
zeal and faction.
- Don Garrett, Cognition and Commitment in Hume's
Philosophy (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997). Historically
as well as philosophically useful, this work outlines and
attempts to resolve the interpretive puzzles that have arisen
around central Humean topics, including the inductive origins of
belief, the nature of causation, the freedom of human actions,
the belief in miracles, and the nature of personal identity.
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