This volume provides a new and nuanced appreciation of David Hume as a historian. Gone for good are the days when one can offhandedly assert, as R. G. Collingwood once did, that Hume deserted philosophical studies in favour of historical ones. History and philosophy are commensurate in Hume's thought and works from the beginning to the end. Only by recognizing this can we begin to make sense of Hume's can as a whole and see clearly his many contributions to fields we w recognize as the distinct disciplines of history, philosophy, political science, ecomics, literature, religious studies, and much else besides. Casting their individual beams of light on various oks and crannies of Hume's historical thought and writing, the book's contributors illuminate the whole in a way that would t be possible from the perspective of a single-authored study. Aside from the editor, the contributors are David Allan, M. A. Box, Timothy M. Costelloe, Roger L. Emerson, Jennifer Herdt, Philip Hicks, Douglas Long, Claudia M. Schmidt, Michael Silverthorne, Jeffrey M. Suderman, Mark R. M. Towsey, and F. L. van Holthoon.
Mark G. Spencer is Associate Professor of History at Brock University.