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Hall, Roland. Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1978, 150 p.

Detailed bibliography of Hume scholarship from 1925 to 1976, with a brief survey of the main writings on Hume from 1900 to 1924.

Jessop, T. E. A Bibliography of David Hume and of Scottish Philosophy, from Francis Hutcheson to Lord Balfour. London: A. Brown & Sons, 1938, 201 p.

Primary and secondary Hume bibliography, especially useful for critical studies written before 1900.


Ayer, A. J. Hume. New York: Hill and Wang, 1980, 102 p.

Short introduction to Hume's life and works.

Mossner, Ernest Campbell. The Forgotten Hume: Le bon David. New York: Columbia University Press, 1943, 251 p.

Intimate biography of Hume, observing him “as friend and as foe, as critic and as patron, as man and as Scot.”

———. The Life of David Hume. Second ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980, 709 p.

Biography of Hume containing a number of anecdotes and augmented by the liberal use of quotation.


Anscombe, G. E. M. “Times, Beginnings and Causes.” Proceedings of the British Academy LX (1974): 253-70.

Analyzes Hume's contention that the ideas of cause and effect are evidently distinct.

Barfield, Owen. Preface to Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning. Second ed., pp. 14-38. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1984.

Compares the empiricism of Hume and John Locke.

Chappell, V. C., ed. Hume. Modern Studies in Philosophy. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1966, 429 p.

Collection of twenty-one critical essays by Hume scholars such as Anthony Flew, F. A. Hayek, Ernest Campbell Mossner, and George J. Nathan.

Church, Ralph W. Hume's Theory of the Understanding. Ithaca, N. Y.: Cornell University Press, 1935, 238 p.

Treats Hume's theories of causation, substance, and knowledge.

Clive, Geoffrey. “Hume's Dialogues Reconsidered.” The Journal of Religion XXXIX, No. 2 (April 1959): 110-19.

Considers the historical and philosophical significance of Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion.

Cohen, Ralph. “David Hume's Experimental Method and the Theory of Taste.” ELH 25, No. 4 (December 1958): 270-89.

Investigates Hume's approach to literary analysis.

[De Quincey, Thomas]. “On Hume's Argument against Miracles.” Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine XLVI, No. CCLXXXV (July 1839): 91-9.

Disputes Hume's conclusions in “Of Miracles” concerning prophecy and internal miracles.

Dicker, Georges. Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 1998, 216 p.

Studies Hume's theories of meaning, knowledge, causality, and personal identity.

Flew, Anthony. Hume's Philosophy of Belief: A Study of His First “Inquiry.” London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961, 286 p.

Study of Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.

Garrett, Don. Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, 270 p.

Examines and evaluates Hume's epistemology and moral philosophy, as well as their implications for his philosophy of personal identity.

Johnson, Oliver A. “Hume's ‘True’ Scepticism.” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62, No. 4 (October 1981): 403-10.

Challenges the view that Hume's skepticism is epistemological, proposing instead that it is essentially psychological and that it “describes a style of living as congenial to the cognitivist as to the sceptic.”

Kirk, Russell. “Eighteenth-Century Intellects: Skeptical Realism: Hume.” In The Roots of American Order, pp. 358-68. La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 1974.

Outlines the major tenets of Hume's philosophy and considers Hume's influence on the American founding fathers.

Livingston, Donald W. “Hume and America.” The Kentucky Review IV, No. 3 (Spring 1983): 15-38.

Assesses the influence of Hume's works on the American founding fathers.

———. Hume's Philosophy of Common Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984, 371 p.

Comprehensive interpretation of Hume's major...

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