Essays Moral Political And Literary Liberty Fund Indianapolis

Foreword, by Eugene F. Miller
Editor's Note, by Eugene F. Miller
Note to the Revised Edition
My Own Life, by David Hume
Letter from Adam Smith, L.L.D. to William Strahan, Esq.
I.I OF THE DELICACY OF TASTE AND PASSION
I.II OF THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
I.III THAT POLITICS MAY BE REDUCED TO A SCIENCE
I.IV OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT
I.V OF THE ORIGIN OF GOVERNMENT
I.VI OF THE INDEPENDENCY OF PARLIAMENT
I.VII WHETHER THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INCLINES MORE TO ABSOLUTE MONARCHY, OR TO A REPUBLIC
I.VIII OF PARTIES IN GENERAL
I.IX OF THE PARTIES OF GREAT BRITAIN
I.X OF SUPERSTITION AND ENTHUSIASM
I.XI OF THE DIGNITY OR MEANNESS OF HUMAN NATURE
I.XIV OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE ARTS AND SCIENCES
I.XIX OF POLYGAMY AND DIVORCES
I.XX OF SIMPLICITY AND REFINEMENT IN WRITING
I.XXI OF NATIONAL CHARACTERS
I.XXIII OF THE STANDARD OF TASTE
PART II [Political Discourses]
II.II OF REFINEMENT IN THE ARTS
II.V OF THE BALANCE OF TRADE
II.VI OF THE JEALOUSY OF TRADE
II.VII OF THE BALANCE OF POWER
II.X OF SOME REMARKABLE CUSTOMS
II.XI OF THE POPULOUSNESS OF ANCIENT NATIONS
II.XII OF THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT
II.XIII OF PASSIVE OBEDIENCE
II.XIV OF THE COALITION OF PARTIES
II.XV OF THE PROTESTANT SUCCESSION
II.XVI IDEA OF A PERFECT COMMONWEALTH
PART III Essays Withdrawn and Unpublished
III.II OF MORAL PREJUDICES
III.III OF THE MIDDLE STATION OF LIFE
III.IV OF IMPUDENCE AND MODESTY
III.V OF LOVE AND MARRIAGE
III.VI OF THE STUDY OF HISTORY
III.VIII A CHARACTER OF SIR ROBERT WALPOLE
III.X OF THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL

Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary

Eugene F. Miller, ed.
First Pub. Date
1742
Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, Inc.
Liberty Fund, Inc.
1987 Includes Political Discourses (1752), "My Own Life," by David Hume, and a letter by Adam Smith.
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"The Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (a volume..., covering three decades of Hume's career as a philosopher) has been largely ignored. The volume has rarely been in print, and the last critical edition was published in 1874-75. With this splendid, but inexpensive, new critical edition by Eugene Miller, the door is open to a richer notion of Hume's conception of philosophy."

This edition contains the thirty-nine essays included in Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary that made up Volume 1 of the 1777 posthumous Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. It also includes ten essays that were withdrawn of left unpublished by Hume for various reasons. The two most important were deemed too controversial for the religious climate of his time. This revised edition reflects changes based on further comparisons with eighteenth-century texts and an extensive reworking of the index.

We have Hume's own word that the definitive statement of his philosophy is not to be found in the youthful Treatise of Human Nature but in the 1777 posthumous edition of his collected works entitled Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. Yet a major part of this definitive collection, the Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (a volume of near 600 pages, covering three decades of Hume's career as a philosopher) has been largely ignored. The volume has rarely been in print, and the last critical edition was published in 1874-75. With this splendid, but inexpensive, new critical edition by Eugene Miller, the door is open to a richer notion of Hume's conception of philosophy.

-- Donald Livingston, Emory University

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