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FIRST Miller 1 October An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding appeared for the first time under this title in the edition of Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. Earlier it had been published several times, beginning in , under the title Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals was first published in Hume wrote the Dialogues about but decided to withhold publication during his lifetime. When Strahan declined to act, the nephew made arrangements for the publication of the Dialogues in See John B.

Chappell, ed. See, for example, Essential Works of David Hume, ed. John W.

Charles W. Frederick M. Henry D. Aiken New York: Hafner, Volumes 1 and 2, Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, ; Volumes 3 and 4, ; Volumes 5 and 6 in preparation. This edition has a Foreword by William B. John Home, A Sketch of the character of Mr.

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Though contrary to what Hume himself says about his mature writings as well as to what other interpreters have said about his abilities, this view was a rather common one at the turn of the century. Peter H.

Abstract nouns are sometimes printed the same way for emphasis or to indicate divisions in the argument e. Since these peculiarities of capitalization may be relevant to the interpretation of the text, they have been preserved in the present edition. He has revised the texts and added notes to the standard Selby-Bigge editions of the Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding, and Concerning the Principles of Morals, 3rd ed.

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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. About the Author : David Hume was an eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher, historian, and essayist, and the author of A Treatise of Human Nature, considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical works ever published. Such is the force of natural temper, that these disappointments made little or no impression on me. I went down in , and lived two years with my brother at his country-house, for my mother was now dead. I there composed the Edition: current; Page: [ xxxvi ] second part of my Essays, which I called Political Discourses, and also my Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, which is another part of my treatise that I cast anew.

Meanwhile, my bookseller, A. Millar, informed me, that my former publications all but the unfortunate Treatise were beginning to be the subject of conversation; that the sale of them was gradually increasing, and that new editions were demanded. However, I had fixed a resolution, which I inflexibly maintained, never to reply to any body; and not being very irascible in my temper, I have easily kept myself clear of all literary squabbles.

These symptoms of a rising reputation gave me encouragement, as I was ever more disposed to see the favourable than unfavourable side of things; a turn of mind which it is more happy to possess, than to be born to an estate of ten thousand a year. In , I removed from the country to the town, the true scene for a man of letters. In , were published at Edinburgh, where I then lived, my Political Discourses, the only work of mine that was successful on the first publication. It was well received abroad and at home.

In the same year was published at London, my Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals; which, in my own opinion who ought not to judge on that subject , is of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best. It came unnoticed and unobserved into the world. In , the Faculty of Advocates chose me their Librarian, an office from which I received little or no emolument, but which gave me the command of a large library.

I then formed the plan of writing the History of England; but being frightened with the notion of continuing a narrative through a period of years, I commenced with the accession of the House of Stuart, an epoch when, I thought, the misrepresentations of faction began chiefly to take place. I was, I own, sanguine in my expectations of the success of this work.

Edition: current; Page: [ xxxvii ] I thought that I was the only historian, that had at once neglected present power, interest, and authority, and the cry of popular prejudices; and as the subject was suited to every capacity, I expected proportional applause.

But miserable was my disappointment: I was assailed by one cry of reproach, disapprobation, and even detestation; English, Scotch, and Irish, Whig and Tory, churchman and sectary, freethinker and religionist, patriot and courtier, united in their rage against the man, who had presumed to shed a generous tear for the fate of Charles I. Millar told me, that in a twelvemonth he sold only forty-five copies of it.

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I scarcely, indeed, heard of one man in the three kingdoms, considerable for rank or letters, that could endure the book. I must only except the primate of England, Dr. Herring, and the primate of Ireland, Dr. Stone, which seem two odd exceptions. These dignified prelates separately sent me messages not to be discouraged. I was, however, I confess, discouraged; and had not the war been at that time breaking out between France and England, I had certainly retired to some provincial town of the former kingdom, have changed my name, and never more have returned to my native country. But as this scheme was not now practicable, and the subsequent volume was considerably advanced, I resolved to pick up courage and to persevere.

In this interval, I published at London my Natural History of Religion, along with some other small pieces: its public entry was rather obscure, except only that Dr. Hurd wrote a pamphlet against it, with all the illiberal petulance, arrogance, and scurrility, which distinguish 8 the Warburtonian school.

This pamphlet gave me some consolation for the otherwise indifferent reception of my performance. In , two years after the fall of the first volume, was Edition: current; Page: [ xxxviii ] published the second volume of my History, containing the period from the death of Charles I. This performance happened to give less displeasure to the Whigs, and was better received.

It not only rose itself, but helped to buoy up its unfortunate brother. But though I had been taught by experience, that the Whig party were in possession of bestowing all places, both in the state and in literature, I was so little inclined to yield to their senseless clamour, that in above a hundred alterations, which farther study, reading, or reflection engaged me to make in the reigns of the two first Stuarts, I have made all of them invariably to the Tory side. It is ridiculous to consider the English constitution before that period as a regular plan of liberty. In , I published my History of the House of Tudor.

The clamour against this performance was almost equal to that against the History of the two first Stuarts. The reign of Elizabeth was particularly obnoxious. But I was now callous against the impressions of public folly, and continued very peaceably and contentedly in my retreat at Edinburgh, to finish, in two volumes, the more early part of the English History, which I gave to the public in , with tolerable, and but tolerable success. But, notwithstanding this variety of winds and seasons, to which my writings had been exposed, they had still been making such advances, that the copy-money given me by the booksellers, much exceeded any thing formerly known in England; I was become not only independent, but opulent.

I retired to my native country of Scotland, determined never more to set my foot out of it; and retaining the satisfaction of never having preferred a request to one great man, or even making advances of friendship to any of them. As I was now turned of fifty, I thought of passing all the rest of my life in this philosophical manner, when I received, in , an invitation from the Earl of Hertford, 9 with whom I was not in the least acquainted, to attend him on his embassy to Paris, with Edition: current; Page: [ xxxix ] a near prospect of being appointed secretary to the embassy; and, in the meanwhile, of performing the functions of that office.

I have every reason, both of pleasure and interest, to think myself happy in my connexions with that nobleman, as well as afterwards with his brother, General Conway.

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Those who have not seen the strange effects 10 of modes, will never imagine the reception I met with at Paris, from men and women of all ranks and stations. The more I resiled 11 from their excessive civilities, the more I was loaded with them. There is, however, a real satisfaction in living at Paris, from the great number of sensible, knowing, and polite company with which that city 12 abounds above all places in the universe.

I thought once of settling there for life. I was appointed secretary to the embassy; and, in summer , Lord Hertford left me, being appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.