Why Famous: David Hume started writing his most important philosopher work "A treatise of Human Nature" at just 23. It was published in 1739 and 1740 to little success, yet it has gone on to be called perhaps the most important work in western philosophy. In it Hume argued that passion rather than reason moderated human behavior.
For most of Hume's life his reputation rested on is abilities as an historian, his 6 volume “The History of England” (1756-62) was a best seller.
- 1738-09-26 Scottish philosopher David Hume enters into a contract to publish the first two volumes of his seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" with John Noon in London
- 1740-11-05 The third volume of philosopher David Hume's seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" is published by Thomas Longman
- "He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances."