David Hume


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in Edinburgh, Scotland
May 07, 1711

Died
August 25, 1776

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David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism.

In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a philosopher "widely regarded as the greatest who has ever written in the English language." While Hume failed in his attempts to start a university career, he took part in various diplomatic and military missions of the time. He wrote The History of England which became a bestseller, and it became the standard history of England in its day.

His empirical approach places him with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others at the time as a Brit
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“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