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by Ernest Campbell Mossner

  • ISBN: 0198243561
  • Category: Professionals and Academics
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Ernest Campbell Mossner
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; New Ed edition (1970)
  • Pages: 683
  • ePub book: 1891 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 167

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Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer. First published in 1954, and updated in 1980, it is now reissued in paperback, in response to increased interest in Hume.

Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer. C. Mossner was Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ernest Campbell Mossner (October 22, 1907 – August 5, 1986) professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and biographer of the Scottish philosopher, essayist and historian, David Hume (1711–1776). He was a specialist also on Hume's friend and contemporary, Adam Smith. Ernest Campbell Mossner was born on October 22, 1907 in New York City. 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

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 Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great thinker and writer

Mossner, Ernest Campbell, 1907-.

Mossner, Ernest Campbell, 1907-. Hume, David, 1711-1776, Philosophers - Scotland - Biography. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Trent University Library Donation. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by station04. cebu on March 5, 2019.

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The Life of David Hume by Ernest Mossner. This is the standard life of Hume. There are others, but Mossner seems to hold the field. It was the book that introduced me to Hume’s life and biography, so it was formative in that respect. It bears out what I just said, that Hume was a very loveable, admirable, man. He had this great generosity and benevolence and was very much adored by everyone who knew him.

Mossner's Life of David Hume remains the standard biography of this great . It is a study of intellectual reaction in the eighteenth century: a book fo. . has more than a biographical value. It is a study of intellectual reaction in the eighteenth century: a book for many readers, and not only for those of a philosophical turn.

Similar books and articles. New Letters of David Hume. The Life of David Hume. D. Daiches Raphael, Raymond Klibansky, Ernest C. Mossner & Ernest Campbell Mossner - 1956 - Philosophical Quarterly 6 (22):77. Ernest C. Mossner - 1954 - Oxford University Press UK. Ernest Campbell Mossner - 1954 - Nelson. By Ernest Campbell Mossner. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons.

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Zadora Zadora
This is only modern biography of Hume. Very well written and researched, it concentrates on Hume's personal life and career as a man of letters. Hume is a wonderful subject for a biography; an important figure who is simultaneously a warm and attractive personality. Mossner does an excellent job of detailing Hume's personal life, friendships, and literary career. For individuals really interested in Hume, this book is a treasure trove of information. It is also a very valuable work on the intellectual culture of 18th century Scotland and the Enlightenment in general. Mossner describes very well the intellectual atmosphere of lowland Scotland, which produced not only Hume, but Adam Smith, the great chemist Joseph Black (though Mossner mentions him only as a physician), and numerous other important intellectuals. Mossner shows also the international quality of the Enlightenment. Within months of publication, Hume's Treatise on Human Nature was mentioned in German publications, and his later, more popular works were known across Europe. Hume had an international, even intercontinental (Benjamin Franklin), set of correspondents and friends. This books is a valuable companion to reading Hume's work.
What this book is not, however, is a full scale critical work. Actual discussion and analysis of Hume's important philosophical work is relatively brief. Nor is there much explicit discussion of the origins of Hume's thought in the work of prior 18th and 17th century thinkers. This biography was last revised in the late 1970s and apparently not greatly changed from the original version published in 1954. Over the course of the 20th century, Hume came to be regarded as one of the real titans of Western thought, with a corresponding increase in the secondary literature on Hume. We also know much more about the 18th century and the Enlightenment than Mossner. There is definitely a need for a major critical biography of Hume, though producing such a work could easily consume a scholar's career.
Saimath Saimath
Mossner's book generally is considered the modern "standard" biography of Hume, and rightly so: It is an extensively researched and comprehensive narrative chronology of Hume's personal and public life, full of telling detail and anecdotes. Mossner unapologetically speculates on interesting points when the research does not supply an answer, but does so transparently and usually convincingly. Anyone with an interest in the man, as well as the philosopher, likely will enjoy this book, as I did.

A significant caveat (as noted in a useful comment on this site by R. Albin): This is not a critical examination of Hume's philosophical arguments or intellectual influences as such, although one certainly will learn the gist of Hume's arguments and much about their context. Other, recent books on Hume may supply this shortcoming. I have recommend Nicholas Phillipson's "David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian," which specifically considers Hume's treatment of history and method of historical writing. I also note that a recently published work by James Harris aims to provide that missing critical analysisin his "Hume: An Intellectual Biography." I have not yet read Harris's book, but expect that I will, as the description and initial reviews are encouraging. Finally, if you are looking for a modern, but much briefer introduction to Hume, you should consider Annette C. Baier's "The Pursuits of Philosophy: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of David Hume." It doesn't have the richness of Mossner's much book, but is nicely written and provides a solid introduction, along with some interesting reflections.

One warning (again, noted in some other comments): The Oxford University Press paperback version is disgracefully printed. The paper cover and binding are cheap, and the quality of the printing is terrible: The text spacing is inconsistent, the font is odd, and the print alternately fades and brightens throughout the book. If this were a $10 reprint, one would make allowances, but even acknowledging the length and density of the volume, the price makes the sloppy printing inexcusable. If I were looking for a new copy, I would look for a decent, used hardcover.