David Hume: Life and Works Term Paper by Nicky

An explanation of the most well known work of David Hume.
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This paper provides an account of David Hume's works. A Scottish born philosopher, Hume is best known for his literary pursuits, especially ''A Treatise of Human Nature." The writer gives an overview of this work and explains that apart from being a philosopher, David Hume was also a pioneer in his use and advocacy of the essay style.

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''But the details of his biography, though interesting, are not what David Hume is remembered for. Rather it is his ideas that have made him memorable, and though these are certainly products of the time in which Hume lived, they can--like any good philosophically argument--be understood and appreciated without any but the most cursory knowledge of the identity and biography of the philosopher. Suffice it to say, then that David Hume was born in 1711, seven years after the death of John Locke (Ayers, 1). He attended the University of Edinburgh for a time with his older brother, and received rudimentary training in many different disciplines there, including natural philosophy, ethics, and mathematics (Ayers, 2). He was often so dedicated to his studies and more particularly to his literary pursuits, especially A Treatise of Human Nature which he completed at the age of twenty-six, that his health suffered for it, which added to his initial disappointment when the Treatise was not well received (Ayers, 4). Now, however, this is considered a seminal work of Western philosophy and the cornerstone of Hume's work.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ayers, A. J. Hume: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Hume, David, Stephen Copley and Andrew Edgar. Selected Essays. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Hume, David and John Gaskin. Principal Writings on Religion including Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and The Natural History of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Hume, David, and Ernest Campbell Mossner. A Treatise of Human Nature. New York: Penguin, 1985.

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