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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume
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Mar 10, 10

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Hume's predictions for what works of literature and philosophy will withstand the test of time are always absurdly wrong. Here's what he says in §1 to illustrate his claim that it is philosophers of common sense who will, by sticking to saying things that make sense and can actually be confirmed or disconfirmed, withstand the test of time:

"CICERO flourishes at present; but that of ARISTOTLE is utterly decayed.
LA BRUYERE passes the seas, and still maintains his reputation: But the glory of MALEBRANCHE is confined to his own nation, and to his own age.
And ADDISON, perhaps, will be read with pleasure, when LOCKE shall be entirely forgotten".
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