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“The Most Illustrious Philosopher and Historian of the Age”: Hume and the Balances of Enlightenment History

Mark Salber Phillips

in On Historical Distance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300140378
eISBN:
9780300195255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140378.003.0004
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter focuses on the works of David Hume, whose writings serve as a model for the complex distances characterizing eighteenth-century histories and the measure of the shift that were to come ... More


“What Sympathy then Touches Every Human Heart!”: Emotional Identification in Enlightenment and Romantic Histories

Mark Salber Phillips

in On Historical Distance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300140378
eISBN:
9780300195255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300140378.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter focuses on the conflict between David Hume's support for the role of sentiment in history and his nineteenth-century critics' view of his work as being “crippled” by abstraction. It ... More


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