Sources

On this page, we list sources where one can find Hume’s works and commentary by Hume scholars.

Hume’s works:

  • Gutenberg Project: Most of Hume’s writings are available in diverse format, including ebook format. Great source for those reading on the go.
  • davidhume.org: This website contains Hume’s works published during his own life and the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, published posthumously. The website is maintained by Amyas Merivale and Peter Mellican.
  • EconLib: Here one can find the edition of Hume’s Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary published by the Liberty Fund. This is the most commonly cited edition of the Essays. The library also makes available works by Hume’s contemporaries, such as Adam Smith or Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot.
  • Eighteenth Century Collection Online: This is the largest online collection of 18th century texts. The collection provides access to texts written by Hume and not available at davidhume.org, such as A true account of the behaviour and conduct of Archibald Stewart. There are also texts from other 18th century thinkers such as Rousseau or Joseph Addison. Texts can be read online and users with an account can download them (I will post a guide on how to access the collection later).
  • The Online Library of Liberty provides versions of Hume’s works, including the six volumes of The History of England (Liberty Fund Edition).
  • McGill University David Hume Collection makes available online a few texts related to Hume’s life. The catalog of the physical collection (the largest collection outside of Edinburgh) is also available.

Secondary literature:

Even though secondary literature on Hume and related topics is scattered throughout a multitude of academic journals, there are a few sources which keep track of this kind of research:

  • The David Hume sub-section at Philpapers: this bibliography is edited by Angela Conventry and directs the user to the original source of papers on Hume. There are sub-divisions within the Hume sub-section, such as Epistemology, Metaphysics, Normative Ethics, etc. (and these have their own divisions). Users can subscribe and receive new content by e-mail.
  • Economic Thought: Even thought this Facebook page is dedicated to the larger domain of economic thought, it often posts new literature on Hume, especially his political economy. The page also posts information on events, lectures and new books within the history of economic thought field.
  • Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books provides an online version of James Fieser’s “Early Responses to Hume”.

The main academic journal for Hume scholars is Hume Studies, published twice a year. The journal is edited by the Hume Society, the main international association dedicated to scholarly work on Hume. Within Hume Studies, there is also the Hume Literature (here is an example from 2003); this series was deactivated a few years ago, because it became more efficient to use search engines or websites such as Philpapers, but it may still be useful for people searching secondary literature published before the 2010’s.

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