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The Life of David Hume
Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer. First published in 1954, and updated in 1980, this excellent life story is now reissued in paperback, in response to an overwhelming interest in Hume's brilliant ideas. Containing more than a simple biography, this exemplary work is also a study of intellectual reaction in the eig ...more
Paperback, 738 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by Clarendon Press
(first published April 1979)
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This is an excellent life of Hume, written by a man with excellent skills as a writer, historian, and biographer. Granted, you won't enjoy it unless you are already geeky about Hume or the Scottish enlightenment generally; but if you are, this book will both inform and entertain. One gets the sense that Mossner was attracted to Hume as a subject because both men shared a sober perspective paired with a gentle sense of humor. Philosophers will not find close and detailed analysis of Hume's argume ...more
An overall good reading, but not fully what I expected from the focus of the book. Not enough elaboration on Hume's works and the way he worked on them. At the same time too much focus on minor things with lots of not entirely relevant quotations from different people.