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Ramsay may have encouraged Hume to study the metaphysics and epistemology of Nicolas Malebranche, who he considered 58 59 60 61 At the time that Hume made this move Ramsay clearly had Jesuit connections. In the next year, he published an article in the Jesuit Journal de Trévoux; see his “Le Psychomètre ou Réflexions sur les différens caracteres de l’Esprit par un Mylord Anglois” Mémoires pour l’Histoire des Sciences & des beaux Arts, April, 1735. Hume to Michael Ramsay, August 31, 1737, in Tadeusz Kozanecki, “Dawida Hume’a Nieznane Listy W Zbiorach Muzeum Czartoryskich (Polska),” Archiwum Historii Filozofii Spolecznej, Vol.

He “salutes you before he cuts your Throat, & a plain Man who understood nothing of the Mystery wou’d take him for a treacherous Ruffian, & think that like Judas he was betraying with a Kiss, while he is showing his generous Calmness & amicable Courage” (16). e. reversal] of the Order of Nature” makes women superior to men. 37 In the Essay on Chivalry, Hume compares the distorted Christian virtues adopted by the barbarians with those of philosophers who form “Rules of Conduct” different from those “which are set to us by Nature” (3).

Return to Scotl and: Hutcheson’s c r i t i c i s m s and the revi si on of Book 3 Henry Home did in fact find an excellent “judge” who took the ­trouble to read the first two books of the Treatise, even though the author was totally unknown. That person was Francis Hutcheson, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, to whom Home sent a copy of the first two books of the Treatise shortly after they were published in January of 1739. Hutcheson’s initial response to the first two books of Hume’s Treatise was very positive.

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