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David Hume

(1711-1776 / Scotland)

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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 ... more »

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  • Reason, in a strict sense, as meaning the judgment of truth and falsehood, can never, of itself, be any motive to the will, and can have no influence but so far as it touches some passion or affection...
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "A Dissertation on the Passions," sect. 5, p. 161, Green and Grose (1898).
  • Reasoning from the common course of nature, and without supposing any new interposition of the Supreme Cause, which ought always to be excluded from philosophy; what is incorruptible must also be inge...
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of the Immortality of the Soul," unpublished essay I, p. 592, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed...
  • ''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...
  • ''Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches.''
    David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations," part II, essay XI, p. 381, Essays Moral, Political, and Litera...
  • ''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...
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