|born on||26 April 1711 Jul.Cal. (7 May 1711 greg.)|
|Place||Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13|
|Timezone||LMT m3w13 (is local mean time)|
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.
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.
He never married.
He died 25 August 1776.
Starkman quotes Mossner's biography "The Life of David Hume": the entry in the Edinburgh baptismal Register...David baptised on the day of his birth" which means he was born no latter than noon. Starkman rectified it to 5.32.08 LMT.
- Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
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