Understanding David Hume

A Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. He was one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist.

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  • James H. Z.

    Excellent discussion

    March 12, 2014

  • Phil C

    I thought the discussion was good with plenty of participation. I felt some of the math was a bit too technical for me at least.

    March 11, 2014

  • Derek B.

    I'd begin with the Durant tour (History of Civilization - Age of Voltaire volume). The SEP (online Stanford encyclopedia) tour is probably not bad. There's his essays but his masterpiece was the Treatise - an extension of Locke's scepticism with a nod to Berkeley's idealism (e.g., our general or abstract notion of the colour green is always represented by a particular shade or a triangle by a particular type) and wit, but I think it's really his appreciation of Aquinas' format, and spirituality as virtue and passion that ushers in the age of transcendentalism that would last until Darwin and re-emerge after Einstein.

    March 5, 2014

    • Derek B.

      A few thoughts on Hume... he basically showed that Locke's representation was susceptable to scepticism, to the extent of scepticism as unassailable. His treatment of feeling, in the Durant's considered opinion, was only rivaled by James.

      March 6, 2014

  • Derek B.

    If this group is a tribute to the man who turned the seven deadly sins of pride into cardinal virtues, and ushered in a century that would admit two world wars, I guess my question would be: Why waste time on Hume? <g>

    I would play it off the Randian objectivism of the Roundtable group: "Ayn Rand too soft? Tired of reading 8th-grade reading level ego primers? Put down your santimonious sensibilities and pick up a real book. Neitzsche... he gives you wings." <g>

    March 6, 2014

  • James H. Z.

    I'm reading up now on Hume, Kant, and causality

    March 5, 2014

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