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Hume on Art, Emotion, and Superstition: A Critical Study of the Four Dissertations

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2019.07.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amyas Merivale, Hume on Art, Emotion, and Superstition: A Critical Study of the Four Dissertations, Routledge, 2019, 240pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138351462. Reviewed by Mark Collier, University of Minnesota, Morris Amyas Merivale offers the first book-length treatment of Hume's Four Dissertations (1757), which is comprised of the Natural History of Religion, Dissertation on the Passions, Of Tragedy, and Of the Standard of Taste. The Four Dissertations has been largely overshadowed, if not totally eclipsed, by Hume's earlier philosophical writings. Merivale's goal is to change these attitudes about the relative significance of the Four Dissertations. He defends two main theses. The first is that the texts included in the Four Dissertations should be viewed as a "unified set", deliberately organized around a central theme of the passions, rather than as an arbitrary collection of texts (17). The second, more controversial, claim is that the Four Dissertations develops and improves on Hume's philosophy of emotion... Read More

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