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1. Hume Studies: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Alison McIntyre Fruitless Remorses: Hume’s Critique of the Penitential Project of The Whole Duty of Man
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Familiarity with the doctrines presented in Richard Allestree’s devotional work The Whole Duty of Man (1658), which Hume reported having read as a boy, can illuminate the strategy of argument Hume employs in Treatise 2.1.6–2.1.8 to undermine views he attributes to “the vulgar systems of ethicks.” Hume’s explicit critique of the view that pride is a sin and humility a virtue in Treatise 2.1.7 relies on assumptions that are already present in Allestree’s account of pride and humility and are described using similar language. Sections 6–8 of Treatise 2.1 also provide an implicit critique of Allestree’s attempts to induce a general stance of humility based on mortifying considerations about human nature and to inspire episodes of penitential humility for the sins of the day. I argue that the “limitations to this account” gathered together in 2.1.6 are placed there to set up this critique. Together, the limitations imply that defects in our personal character are sufficiently close to us, peculiar to us, discernible to others, of appropriate duration, and supported by general rules to generate the passion of humility when we reflect on them, while reflection on human nature in general and particular episodes of sin are not.
2. Hume Studies: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Jia Wei Maritime Trade as the Pivot of Foreign Policy in Hume’s History of Great Britain
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This paper examines David Hume’s vision of how maritime trade opened up new strategic prospects and challenges for England in the Stuart age. It shows that his emphasis in the History of England was not simply European, as most Hume scholars have believed, but, more importantly, trans-Atlantic. He maintained that England’s maritime trade in America and the West Indies from the seventeenth century onward tied her fortunes to the opaque and uncertain destiny of imperial politics. This had important implications for the dynamic relationship between Britain and its American colonies as well as for the resulting contest of European powers around the world. This paper shows that maritime trade served as the focal point for Hume in explaining England’s role in the European balance of power. Although some attention has been drawn to this aspect, no systematic study has investigated his Stuart history as an important text for understanding his views on foreign policy. This paper fills the gap by explaining the connections between his views on political economy and foreign policy It shows how he explained the crucial importance of trading interests in the English strategic thinking as well as why the European balance of power was significant for England’s maritime security and national interests.
3. Hume Studies: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Peter Millican Skepticism about Garrett’s Hume: Faculties, Concepts, and Imposed Coherence
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Don Garrett Millican’s “Abstract,” “Imaginative,” “Reasonable,” and “Sensible” Questions about Hume’s Theory of Cognition
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Louis E. Loeb Setting the Standard: Don Garrett’s Hume
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Don Garrett Loeb’s “Standard” Questions about Hume’s Concept of Probable Truth
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book reviews
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Anik Waldow Udo Thiel. The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume
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Stephen Buckle Knud Haakonssen, ed. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
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9. Hume Studies: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Index to Volume 40
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10. Hume Studies: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Hume Studies Referees, 2014–2015
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