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Four Dissertations and Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul [Paperback]

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Pages   390
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
ISBN  1890318574  
EAN  9781890318574  

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In 1756 a volume of Hume's essays entitled Five Dissertations was printed and ready for distribution. The essays included "The Natural History of Religion", "Of the Passions", "Of Tragedy", "Of Suicide", and "Of the Immortality of the Soul". The latter two essays made direct attacks on common religious doctrines by defending a person's moral right to commit suicide and by criticizing the idea of life after death. Early copies were passed around, and someone of influence threatened to prosecute Hume's publisher if the book was distributed as is. The printed copies of Five Dissertations were then physically altered, with a new essay "Of the Standard of Taste" inserted in place of the two removed essays. Hume also took this opportunity to alter two particularly offending paragraphs in the Natural History. The essays were then bound with the new title Four Dissertations and distributed in January, 1757.

The essays in Four stand together as a unified whole, showcasing his psychology of the passions and demonstrating its application to both religion and aesthetics.

This edition also includes Hume's extended Dedication, a passionate endorsement of intellectual and artistic freedom, which has been out of print since the original publication in 1757.

The essays on suicide and the immortality of the soul, long separated from the other essays, are here finally put back, as intended by Hume. "On the Immortality of the Soul" briskly dismisses metaphysical, moral, and physical arguments, and refers us instead to a revelation that Hume himself clearly did not believe in. "On Suicide" vigorously rebuts the theologians' claim that self-destruction is a crime, arguing instead that under certaincircumstances, suicide might be not permissible but morally required.

Included are "Two Letters on Suicide" from Rousseau's Eloisa.

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More About David Hume, John Immerwahr, Klaus H. Rateitschak, Thomas M. Hassell, F. Douglas Adams & C. A. Rodger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DAVID HUME was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on April 26, 1711. He entered the University of Edinburgh at the age of twelve but left a few years later without having been conferred a degree. Being a lifelong skeptic, Hume was taken with the French philosophers whose work was exemplary of the movement. In 1734, he made an intellec-tual pilgrimage to La Fleche, France, the town where Descartes had been educated. Three years later, this change of scene culminated in his book titled A Treatise of Human Nature.

After returning to England in 1737, the remainder of Hume's life was spent writing on psychology, morality, and politics. During this time, his bid for appointment as professor of ethics in Edinburgh proved unsuccessful because of his views on religion. From that point on, he was to undertake short-term positions of employment with powerful and influential people in the English government. These appointments included some travel to the Continent. From 1767 to 1768 he served as undersecretary of state for the northern depart-ment. Hume then returned to Edinburgh, where he died eight years later on August 25, 1776.
David Hume's works include: A Treatise of Human Nature (1739), Treatise--Of the Understanding (1739), Of the Passions (1740), An Abstract of a Treatise of Human Nature (1740), Essays Moral and Political (1741-1742), An Enquiry Concerning Human Understand-ing (1758), An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), Political Discourses (1751), History of England (1754-1762), Four Dissertations (1757), and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (published posthumously in 1779).

David Hume was born in 1560 and died in 1630.

David Hume has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Great Books in Philosophy
  2. Oxford Philosophical Texts (Paperback)

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Get Essays Moral, Political, and Literary INSTEAD  Jun 14, 2005
The Four Dissertations etc is a great collection but quite pricy considering what you are getting. The two posthumous (post-hume-ous?) :) essays are already usually found in many other publications (some versions of Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion contain them etc). Actually, four of the six major works that comprise this book are found in the excellent 680 page: "Essays Moral Political and Literary" published by Liberty Classics/Liberty Fund and found on this site for twelve bucks. That book contains 49 essays in total!!

The two major works found only in this "Four Dissertations" book but not in Essays Moral, Political, and Literary are:
"The Natural History of Religion" and "Of the Passions"

The Rousseau stuff and Hume introduction are also unique to this book. Bottom line: If you want to hit nearly ever Hume essay in one fell swoop with lots of bang for the buck, go with Essays Moral, Political, & Literary. If you need Rousseau's suicide writings and Hume's essays on Natural History of Religion & The Passions get this book!!

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