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Hume's uses of dialogue. / Clark, Sam.

In: Hume Studies, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2013, p. 61-76.

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Clark S. Hume's uses of dialogue. Hume Studies. 2013;39(1):61-76.

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Clark, Sam. / Hume's uses of dialogue. In: Hume Studies. 2013 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 61-76.

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