David Hume

(1711-1776 / Edinburgh)

David Hume
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David Hume (7 May 1711 [26 April O.S.] – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist.

During his lifetime, Hume was more famous as a historian. His six-volume History of England was a bestseller well into the nineteenth century and the standard work on English history for many years, while his works in philosophy to which he owes his current reputation were less widely read in his day.

Beginning with his A Treatise of Human Nature (1739), ... more »

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  • ''Philosophy would render us entirely Pyrrhonian, were not nature too strong for it.''
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. repr. with an intro. by J. M. Keynes and P. Sraffa, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge (1938). An Abstract...
  • ''Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.''
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher, historian. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, sct. 5, pt. 1 (1748). Summarizes Hume's belief...
  • ''No advantages in this world are pure and unmixed.''
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences," part I, essay XIV, p. 131, Essays Moral, Political,...
  • ''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 (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of the Standard of Taste," part I, essay XXIII, p. 229, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed. Euge...
  • ''The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.''
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of the Study of History," Essays Withdrawn, Essay VI, p. 565, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed...
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