Title

Hume the Sociable Iconoclast: The Case of the Four Dissertations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2013

Department

English

Language

English

Publication Title

European Legacy

Abstract

Though each of its four constituent essays has received scholarly attention in itself, Hume’s Four Dissertations(1757) has received virtually no consideration from scholars as a unified whole. This article offers such an assessment, and argues that two crucially Humean themes link the four texts. First, they show the applicability of Hume’s theory of the passions to a wide range of questions: to the philosophy of religion, to psychology, and to aesthetics. Second, they show Hume grappling with the tension between his iconoclastic religious skepticism and his valorization of tolerant and sociable exchange between thinkers with differing views.

Comments

Published as:
Sider Jost, Jacob and John Immerwahr. "Hume the Sociable Iconoclast: The Case of the Four Dissertations." The European Legacy 18, no. 5 (2013): 603-18.

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