Hume: An Intellectual Biography

2016.06.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James A. Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 621pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.06.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James A. Harris, Hume: An Intellectual Biography, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 621pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780521837255. Reviewed by Paul Russell, University of British Columbia/University of Gothenburg James A. Harris's biography of David Hume is the first such study to appear since Ernest Mossner's The Life of David Hume (1954). Unlike Mossner, Harris aims to write a specifically "intellectual biography", one that gives "a complete picture of Hume's ideas" and "relates Hume's works to the circumstances in which they were conceived and written" (vii). Harris's study turns on four central theses or claims about the character of Hume's thought and how it is structured and developed. The claims are: Hume's Treatise has no claim to any sort of "privileged" status in relation to Hume's other major works -- which include his Essays and his History of England. There is no system, doctrine, or fundamental. . .

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