David Hume


David Hume is among many of the famous philosophers known. Hume was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1711 and passed away in 1776. He is not merely regarded of a philosopher, but also as an economist, essayist and also a historian. While Hume branched out, Hume is heavily considered one of the more influential and prominent philosophers in the English language, and is often linked to empiricism and skepticism in philosophy.

Hume incorporated aspects of science into his approach to philosophy, implementing the scientific method of physicist Isaac Newton as his archetype. While Hume has been notarized for his significance in the field of philosophy, he has more so considered himself to be a moralist. Adam Smith, Cicero, Rene Descartes and John Locke are some of Hume’s greatest influences, and those inspired by Hume are Noam Chomsky, Alexander Hamilton, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell.

Hume’s early life was a typical life in the eighteenth century Scotland; his parents were not moderately well off. Hume’s father, Joseph, was an advocate, and his mother was the daughter of a president of the Scottish court. When David’s father passed away when he was only two years old, his mother looked after him and is said to have never remarried. Hume attended schooling in his younger years and was suggested by both sides of his family to study law as it was a tradition. However, Hume was not avid about the practice and actually disliked it a great amount.

As far as Hume’s works are concerned, there are plenty of publications by him spanning on a variety of subjects. Hume’s first initial publication of work was published in 1738, and titled A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects, having several volumes to its entirety – first being Of the Understanding, second being Of the Passions, and third Of Morals. Hume actually published the work anonymously, and followed his work with several other famed publications. Each one of his books from the three volumes touched on complex ideas such as free will and emotion, justice and morality, and skepticism. Initially, the publication was not successful and Hume suffered from a bout of depression from the limited reception.

David Hume is among many of the talented, brilliant and innovative thinkers in the field of philosophy, and has lengthy background of theories and works alongside his accomplishments. Hume passed in August of 1776, at the age of 65.