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The Great Infidel: A Life of David Hume

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This complete life story of David Hume, one of Scotland’s greatest thinkers, follows the Enlightenment from its early roots to its full blossoming in 18th-century Edinburgh. Using original sources, many for the first time, this biography details every aspect of the philosopher’s life—from the lukewarm reception of his now pivotal work, Treatise of Human Nature, to the fame ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Tuckwell Press, Ltd.
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Ethan
Aug 09, 2012 Ethan rated it really liked it
This is a fairly detailed biography of Hume. At some points it's perhaps a little too detailed for my tastes. The quotes from letters to and from almost everyone Hume ever met - and maybe some he didn't meet - sometimes get a bit tiresome. However, readers will get a good sense of the man and his time and place. Like most people these days, I'm interested in Hume as a philosopher. This biography didn't go into Hume's philosophy as I maybe would have liked, but this isn't a major fault, since the ...more
Eric Chapelle
Jan 02, 2016 Eric Chapelle rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I've met the author in a pub in Edinburgh Scotland in May of 2014. I got his signed copy! I'm doing a composition on works done by David Hume for baritone voice and music ensemble. I felt I needed to do some research about this extraordinary individual, and this book was a tremendous help.

You can hear an excerpt of the composition in progress at

https://soundcloud.com/eric-chapelle/...

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