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David Hume; an Important Philosopher

Natasha Cribbs

Mr. Bruce Franklin

Western Civilization Since 1700

27 January 2014

David Hume; an Important Philosopher

            It is said that James Stirling stated that “Hume is our Politics, Hume is our Trade, Hume is our Philosophy, Hume is our Religion.” (Fieser, James) That quote is an example of how important and influential David Hume can be considered.

Born in 1711 at Berwickshire Scotland, Hume was brought up in a family that was of moderate financial status. He went to a University at the age of eleven, but left to be privately educated at fifteen. While he was learning and researching, he began to have many thoughts and questions on several subjects. Some of his questions and interested pertained to the exhistance of God, texts that were Latin and Greek, and much more. Those questions and thoughts began his journey as a philosopher and added to his impact and writing. He actually wrote several volumes prior to even being thirty years old.

Philosophy wise, Hume hit on many subjects. Some of these subjects were ideas and impressions. Each of those had their own categories in which some of those even had sub categories. He also delved in to personal identity, cause and effect, space and time, free will, miracles, et cetera.

Hume knew that some of things could likely offend people. It is often difficult for people to deal with statements and beliefs of others. The topics that of course could be interesting and controversial are the works on religious beliefs, God, moral values, and political and economic theories.

Hume contributed a lot of things in his life, from his ideas and theories to his manuscripts and biographies. He ended up passing away from an internal disorder in 1776, while he was sixty-five years old. Like many writers who became more known after they passed away, David Hume was one of them. His writings that he did not let out due to the probability of being offense were opened after he died. A lot of talk and critique about him and his writings were up and down, some positive and negative. Either way, it can be seen that he was fairly influential.

 

 

 

 

Work Cited

Fieser, James. “Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.” Hume, David []. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan.           2014.

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