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PHIL 2101: Introduction to Philosophy: Hume

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About David Hume

Portrait of David HumeDavid Hume, (born May 7 [April 26, Old Style], 1711, Edinburgh, Scotland—died August 25, 1776, Edinburgh), Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism.

Hume conceived of philosophy as the inductive, experimental science of human nature. Taking the scientific method of the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton as his model and building on the epistemology of the English philosopher John Locke, Hume tried to describe how the mind works in acquiring what is called knowledge. He concluded that no theory of reality is possible; there can be no knowledge of anything beyond experience. Despite the enduring impact of his theory of knowledge, Hume seems to have considered himself chiefly as a moralist.

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Allan Ramsay. (1766). David Hume, 1711 - 1776. Historian and philosopher [Oil on canvas]. Height: 762 mm (30 in); Width: 635 mm (25 in). Retrieved from,_1711_-_1776._Historian_and_philosopher_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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David Hume. (2018, September 20). [Online Encyclopaedia]. Retrieved October 31, 2018, from

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