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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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Death Comes for the Philosopher

Death Comes for the Philosopher

(p.589) Chapter 39 Death Comes for the Philosopher
The Life of David Hume

Ernest Campbell Mossner

Oxford University Press

Disturbed by occasional flare-ups of controversy, David Hume's autumnal felicity was more seriously disturbed by increasing ill health. In 1772, he had begun to go into a slow and gradual decline, which he did his best to conceal from friends. Three years later the progress of the decline had become so rapid that within a year he lost 70 pounds in weight. Up to the very end he was writing kindly and lively letters to absent friends, was revising the Essays and Treatises and the History of England, was concerned with filling vacancies in the faculty of Edinburgh University and in the Church of Scotland, was voraciously reading the new books as they fell from the press – was, in short, very much himself.

Keywords:   David Hume, ill health, decline, letters, Essays and Treatises, History of England, faculty, Edinburgh University, Church of Scotland, books

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