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Hume’s Reception in Early America Expanded Edition,9781474269018

Hume’s Reception in Early America Expanded Edition

Edition: Revised
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/23/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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Hume's Reception in Early America: Expanded Edition brings together the original American responses to one of Britain's greatest men of letters, David Hume. Now available as a single volume paperback, this new edition includes updated further readings suggestions and dozens of additional primary sources gathered together in a completely new concluding section.

From complete pamphlets and booklets, to poems, reviews, and letters, to extracts from newspapers, religious magazines and literary and political journals, this book's contents come from a wide variety of sources published in colonial America and the early United States between 1758 and 1850. As well as classics by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, it contains scores of unknown and hard-to-locate items, many of which have not been reprinted since their original publication. These responses are divided into four parts covering Hume's Essays; his Philosophical Writings; his History of England; and his Character and Death. Each of those parts has a separate introductory essay, and every selection is introduced by a short headnote that sets the piece in its historical context and provides bibliographical references.

Packed with new insights into Hume and American thought and culture, Hume's Reception in Early America reveals the relevance and impact of Hume on American political, philosophical, historical, religious, and aesthetic debates.

Author Biography

Mark G. Spencer is Associate Professor of History at Brock University, Canada. He has published widely in the fields relating to American Enlightenment and is editor of The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of American Enlightenment (2015).

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Part I: Early American Responses to Hume's Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
Part II: Early American Responses to Hume's Philosophical Writings
Part III: Early American Responses to Hume's History of England
Part IV: Early American Responses to Hume's Character and Death

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