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The Obituary of a Vain Philosopher: Adam Smith's Reflections on Hume's Life

The Obituary of a Vain Philosopher: Adam Smith's Reflections on Hume's Life Hume Studies Volume 29, Number 2, November 2003, pp. 327-362 The Obituary of a Vain Philosopher: Adam Smith's Reflections on Hume's Life ERIC SCHLIESSER "I was lately reading the Dialogues of Lucian," [Smith reported Hume to have said on his death-bed] "in which he represents one Ghost as pleading for a short delay till he should marry a young daughter, another till he should finish a house he had begun, a third till he had provided a portion for two or three young Children, I began to think of what Excuse I could alledge to Charon in order to precure a short delay, and as I have now done everything that I ever intended to do, I acknowledge that for some time, no tolerable one occurred; at last I thought I might say, Good Charon, I have been endeavouring to open the eyes of people; have a little patience only till I have the pleasure of seeing the churches shut up, and the Clergy sent about their business; but Charon would reply, O you loitering rogue; that won't happen these two hundred; do you fancy I will give you a lease for so long a time? Get into http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hume Studies Hume Society

The Obituary of a Vain Philosopher: Adam Smith's Reflections on Hume's Life

Hume Studies , Volume 29 (2) – Jan 26, 2003

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Hume Studies Volume 29, Number 2, November 2003, pp. 327-362 The Obituary of a Vain Philosopher: Adam Smith's Reflections on Hume's Life ERIC SCHLIESSER "I was lately reading the Dialogues of Lucian," [Smith reported Hume to have said on his death-bed] "in which he represents one Ghost as pleading for a short delay till he should marry a young daughter, another till he should finish a house he had begun, a third till he had provided a portion for two or three young Children, I began to think of what Excuse I could alledge to Charon in order to precure a short delay, and as I have now done everything that I ever intended to do, I acknowledge that for some time, no tolerable one occurred; at last I thought I might say, Good Charon, I have been endeavouring to open the eyes of people; have a little patience only till I have the pleasure of seeing the churches shut up, and the Clergy sent about their business; but Charon would reply, O you loitering rogue; that won't happen these two hundred; do you fancy I will give you a lease for so long a time? Get into

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