What Should Women Read?

The philosopher David Hume lamented the fact that so many women only read books that keep them in the dark — keep the truth of the world hidden away from them. The books he wanted them to read were far more “instructive than their ordinary books of amusement, and more entertaining than those serious compositions, which are usually to be found in their closets.”  So what did the eminent Hume recommend for women?


History will teach women about human vanity. It will teach them: “That our sex, as well as theirs, are far from being such perfect creatures as they are apt to imagine, and that Love is not the only passion which governs the male world, but is often overcome by avarice, ambition, vanity, and a thousand other passions.”

David Hume; Of The Study Of History

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