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The Life of David Hume$
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Ernest C. Mossner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.001.0001

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The Indifference of England

The Indifference of England

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(p.390) Chapter 28 The Indifference of England
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The Life of David Hume
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Ernest Campbell Mossner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.003.0028

London was frequently in the thoughts of David Hume in the later 1750s, alternately attracting and repelling him. This attraction and repulsion was, in some measure, controlled by his changing attitudes towards the other two major cities in his orbit, Edinburgh and Paris. The call of Paris was becoming stronger and stronger. That cosmopolitan centre began to symbolise the perfect haven for the man of letters, where he would be welcomed for the power of his intellect and the productions of his pen without nationalistic or religious bias. Hume reluctantly came to the conclusion that if he ever gave up Edinburgh, it had better be for London. With a vacillation that was to characterise his later life, he postponed decision on the future course of the History as long as possible, but in 1758 was compelled to go to London to put the Tudors through the press.

Keywords:   London, David Hume, Edinburgh, Paris, cosmopolitan, man of letters, History, Tudors

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