Reading head DAVID HUME
David Hume is regarded as one of the best western philosophers in the eighteenth
century. He lived between the years 1711 to 1776. Hume was born to a rather wealthy family
from Berwickshire in Scotland. His childhood views were influenced by his background. He
enrolled to Edinburgh University at the mere age of eleven, which he left when he was fifteen
years old. His initial name was Home, but since it was pronounced in a different way out of
Scotland, he altered it from Home to Hume. His family always encouraged him to pursue a
career in law but being himself, he later turned to be a philosopher and ended up studying Voet,
Vinnius, Cicero and Virgil. In 1729 Hume suffered a nervous breakdown in which it took him
several years to recover (Philosophers, 2012). Eventually, he moved to France in 1734, where he
mainly spent time at La Fleche. While here he started writing most of his manuscripts that are
known up to today. He wrote his first work which was a three volume Treaties of Human Nat ure
(James Fieser, 2008), this work explored various philosophical aspects such as time, space,
external objects casualty, free wil...
15 Million Students Helped!
Sign up to view the full answer