Historical Dictionary of Hume's Philosophy (Historical by Kenneth R. Merrill PDF

By Kenneth R. Merrill

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The thinker David Hume was once born in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 26, 1711. identified for his re-thinking of causation, morality, and faith, Hume has left a long-lasting mark on heritage. James Madison, the "father" of the U.S. structure, drew seriously on Hume's writing, specifically his "Idea of excellent Commonwealth," which combated the idea on the time that an enormous state couldn't maintain a republican kind of govt. Hume's writing additionally inspired Adam Smith's Wealth of countries and the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.

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David had left Scotland be- INTRODUCTION • 17 fore Agnes lodged her charge and so had no chance to respond to it—a circumstance that made her claim less credible, inasmuch as she had had ample time to implicate him before his departure. The Presbytery considered the evidence and concluded that the accusation was “not proven”—a term of art consistent with either actual guilt or innocence. David’s brother, John, married at the age of 42 and had eight children over the next 12 years, five of whom lived to adulthood.

When he was no longer able to visit his friends, he received them hospitably in his own lodgings, very nearly to the last day of his life. ) 1776, at just the time news of the American Declaration of Independence reached Britain—an event that Hume would have heartily endorsed. Neither David Hume nor his sister, Catherine, ever married. In his early twenties, David was accused of being the father of a child conceived by a local woman named Agnes Galbraith, who had already given birth to two babies out of wedlock.

It serves to mark off genuine knowledge (that obtained by the use of reason) from the counterfeit (that obtained, for example, by divine revelation). They also generally (and inconsistently) denounce “metaphysics,” by which they understand the rationalistic systems of philosophers such as Descartes, Benedict Spinoza, and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. They ignore or fail to notice that their own doctrines (often materialistic) are every whit as metaphysical as those of, say, Spinoza. In political theory, the philosophes are broadly Lockean, as they are in theory of knowledge.

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