David Hume

Philosopher David Hume

Profession: Philosopher


Biography: 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.

Born: April 26, 1711
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: August 25, 1776 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 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

Quotes by David Hume

  • "He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances."

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