The university offered the chair to Frances Hutcheson (then at Glasgow), but Hutcheson declined. Appointments to the university were controlled by the Town Council of Edinburgh, which decided to consult several clergymen on Hume's credentials.
Conservative Presbyterian clerics found Hume "subversive" and suspiciously irreligious and objected.
Clair, and during this period wrote two formidable enquiries, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, (published Apr, 1748) and an Enquiry into the Principles of Morals (published Nov, 1751).
The first clarified his epistemological theory, originally presented in Vol.
In the aftermath of his defeat at the Edinburgh chair, in April, 1745, Hume found employment as the private tutor to the Marquis de Annandale.
David Hume Economic Essays
Hume stayed at the marquis's estate of Weld Hall (near St. Clair on embassies to Vienna and Turin in February 1748.The first three, I (Of the Understanding), II (Of the Passions) and III (Of Morals), had appeared in 1739-40.The next two volumes, IV (Of Politics) and V (Of Criticism), never saw the light of day However, much of what he sought to write on these topics ended up in two collections of essays on various topics: Essays Moral and Political (1741-42) to which he later added Three Essays (1748).In 1734, seeking respite and restoration (and a bit of money), David Hume went to Bristol, England, to learn the art of commerce.He found work for a few months with a sugar merchant, but soon disappeared to France in the summer of 1734, settling down first at Rheims and then at La Flche (near the celebrated Jesuit College of Anjou which Descartes had attended), where he set about writing the Treatise.Hume concluded that the tepid, if not hostile, reception to the Treatise was due merely to his mode of presentation as opposed to its content.He re-worked the presentation of the arguments in the Treatise into more digestible forms via two "explanatory" tracts: an Abstract lately published (1740) and A Letter from a Gentleman (1745), both directed to refuting the charges of the "zealots".His father, a lawyer, died in 1713 and his mother raised him singlehandedly (Hume changed his name from "Home" to "Hume" in 1731, when he perceived Englishmen having complications with the pronunciation of the Scottish "Home").Hume enrolled at the university of Edinburgh in 1723 to study law (enrolling at twelve was not too astonishing in that century).Scottish philosopher, historian and economist, sociologist. David Hume was one of the greatest philosophers in Western history, as well as an accomplished historian and economist.Although the perennial skeptic, David Hume was, by all accounts, a rather good-natured fellow too.