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Hume, David
Four Dissertations. I. The Natural History of Religion. II. Of the Passions. III. Of Tragedy. IV. Of the Standard of Taste
Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1757. Duodecimo. 4 unnumbered, vii, 240pp. Contemporary calf with raised bands and double ruling and gilt lettering on red label of spine. Decorative top and bottom borders on half title with advertisements on the verso and all four (half) title pages of respective essays. Publisher's device on title page. Four essays by the influential Scottish philosopher and historian. The publishing of this volume came about in a rather tumultuous fashion including little know episodes in the life of Hume (see Ernest Campbell Mossner in "Hume's Four Dissertations: An Essay in Biography and Bibliography"). Hume withdrew one of the original four essays, then adding two of which he withdrew one later, he canceled the dedication, 800 copies were printed without it, and never gave permission for a reprint in this arrangement again. First publishing of "The Natural History of Religion" with half title and dedication pages. Page 9 with the correction to "lative" instead of "ativ" and a typographical error is corrected to "lancing" on page 131. Includes Cancels C12 and DI but without K5-K8. "The Natural History of Religion" argues that "polytheism or idolatry was, and necessarily must have been, the first and most antient religion of mankind (B2)." Monotheism Hume further argues that monotheism arises due to competition between religions and, as a consequence, the monotheist strives to dominate other religions, bury the emotional core of religion behind a veil of theology. Hume concludes that as a result this yields intolerance, dishonesty and morbi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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