David Hume (7 May 1711 – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. He was 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.
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... David Hume (1796 Berwick, Scotland - 1 February 1864 Grahamstown) was a Scottish-South African explorer and big-game hunter ... David Hume was born in Berwick, Scotland and went to South Africa with Benjamin Moodie's Scottish settlers in 1817 ... Hume heard reports of the existence of Lake Ngami, but in 1836 lacked the funds to mount an expedition ...
... He was the second son of Sir David Hume or Home, seventh baron of Wedderburn, Berwickshire ... On the recovery of his brother, Hume for a time continued to manage his affairs, but in 1583 he was residing as private secretary with his relative, Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus, who was ordered, after James ... the exile of the Ruthven party at Newcastle, Hume was in London, ostensibly studying, but actively interesting himself in Angus and his cause ...
... Hume (1711–1776) argued for two kinds of reasoning probable and demonstrative (Hume's fork), and applied these to the skeptical argument that reality is but an illusion ... Hume concludes that there is no solution to the skeptical argument except, to ignore it ...
... (1739–40) Hume intended to see whether the Treatise of Human Nature met with success, and if so to complete it with books devoted to Politics and Criticism ... As Hume himself said, "It fell dead-born from the press, without reaching such distinction as even to excite a murmur among the zealots" and so was not completed ... (1740) Anonymously published, but almost certainly written by Hume in an attempt to popularise his Treatise ...
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