Think you’re having a hard time getting published? Then you and David Hume have something in common. The 18th century Scottish literatus, who is arguably the greatest English-language philosopher to have ever lived, struggled to have his magnum opus, A Treatise of Human Nature, published and read.
His solution: publish an anonymous abstract of his work that served as a sort of self-promotion and a way to ameliorate the daunting length of his tome.
Hume influenced such luminaries as Adam Smith, Jeremey Bentham, and Immanuel Kant, the latter of whom credited the Scot with having...