Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide

Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide

Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide

Fifty Years of Hume Scholarship: A Bibliographical Guide

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My bibliographical work on the Hume literature began as an experiment, but continued in response to demand. The present book is partly based on my earlier publication, A Hume Bibliography, from 1930 (York, 1971). (This is still available, direct from the author.)

A later collection of material, which was eventually published as 'More Hume Bibliography' in the Philosophical Quarterly for January 1976 (Hume Bicentenary Issue), has also been incorporated in the present book, repairing many omissions in the original bibliography and also extending it up to 1975. Further, a considerable list of works that were published during 1976 (the bicentenary year) has now been added, although what is known to me at present from so recent a year may well turn out to be incomplete. The present new version of the bibliography has been enlarged by five years at the beginning too, so that it runs from 1925 (fifty-two years in all).

In addition to dealing with the Hume literature from 1925 to 1976, I have also provided a list of the main writings on Hume for the period 1900-1924; unlike the main bibliography, this does not aim at completeness, and lacks some small details. It does, however, contain several newly-found items.

I should of course make it clear that, besides the extensions and additions to the main bibliography that I have mentioned, the present listing has a great many entirely new entries, as well as further additions, corrections, and improvements throughout. These are mainly the result of a very thorough revision -- lasting more than a year -- of the earlier treatment of the material.

Systematic revision has also doubled the length of the subject index. This index, it is important to stress, does not refer merely to the wording of the titles in the bibliography, but is as far as possible an index to the contents of the books and articles themselves. This is the most unusual, and ambitious, feature of the present book. The occasional humour of the subject index should not be taken as a sign of general frivolity. In fact, making it constantly required a difficult exercise of judgement, and the . . .

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