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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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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

(p.507) Chapter 35 Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Life of David Hume

Ernest Campbell Mossner

Oxford University Press

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, having found asylum in 1762 with the genial Earl Marischal Keith at Môtiers-Travers in Neuchâtel, had politely declined the invitation of David Hume to go to England. Though he had a tremendous reputation in England, Rousseau liked neither the country nor the people. ‘The happy land where David Hume and the Marischal of Scotland were born’ was more of a temptation; but Keith's visit there in 1763 dispelled all thoughts of living among so many bigots and in such an insufferable climate. Moreover, Hume was a philosopher, and Rousseau was not overfond of philosophers – though, to be sure, he had not read any of Hume's philosophy. He was, however, able to draw an astute comparison of the intellectual and temperamental differences between Hume and himself.

Keywords:   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, asylum, Marischal Keith, Môtiers-Travers, Neuchâtel, David Hume, England, philosophy

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