The Reception of David Hume In Europe

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Peter Jones
A&C Black, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 410 pages
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The intellectual scope and cultural impact of British writers cannot be assessed without reference to their European 'fortunes'. These essays, prepared by an international team of scholars, critics and translators, record the ways in which David Hume has been translated, evaluated and emulated in different national and linguistic areas of Europe. This is the first collection of essays to consider how and where Hume's works were initially understood throughout Europe. They reflect on how early European responses to Hume relied on available French translations, and concentrated on his Political Discourses and his History, and how later German translations enabled professional philosophers to discuss his more abstract ideas. Also explored is the idea that continental readers were not able to judge the accuracy of the translations they read, nor did many consider the contexts in which Hume was writing: rather, they were intent on using what they read for their own purposes.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Humes Reception in Ireland
12
2 The Early British Reception of Humes Writings on Religion
30
3 Humes Reception in France
43
4 The Reception of Hume in Germany
98
5 David Hume and Sir James Steuart
139
6 Italian Responses to David Hume
161
7 Translations of Humes Works in Italy
182
10 David Hume and Polish Philosophical and Social Thought
233
David Humes Ideas in the Hungarian Enlightenment
253
12 The Reception of David Hume in Czech Thought
268
13 The Reception of David Hume in Romania
280
Humes Reputation as a Historian
299
15 The Reception of Hume in NineteenthCentury British Philosophy
314
Establishing the Positivist Interpretation in Early NineteenthCentury Scotland
327
Bibliography
348

8 Hume in Russia
195
9 The Reception of David Humes Philosophy in Sweden
225

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Peter Jones is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.