David Hume





David Hume

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in Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom
April 26, 1711

died
August 25, 1776

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David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian. He is an important figure in Western philosophy, and in the history of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Hume first gained recognition and respect as a historian, but academic interest in Hume's work has in recent years centered on his philosophical writing. His History of England was the standard work on English history for many years, until Macaulay's The History of England from the Accession of James the Second.

Hume was the first philosopher of the modern era to produce a naturalistic philosophy. This philosophy partly consisted in rejection of the historically prevalent conception of human minds as being miniature versions of the divine mind.

This doctrine was associated with a t...more


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More books by David Hume…
“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.”
David Hume, Of the Standard of Taste and Other Essays

“Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.”
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

“No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.”
David Hume, Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul