David Hume
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"41"(4), December 2011, pp. 523–48.

* Isaac Newton

* Jean-Jacques Rousseau

* Adam Smith

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* Alfred Jules Ayer/A. J. Ayer

* Simon Blackburn

* Noam Chomsky

* Gilles Deleuze

* Albert Einstein

* Jerry Fodor

* Baron d'Holbach

* Edmund Husserl

* William James

* Immanuel Kant

* J. L. Mackie

* James Madison

* John Stuart Mill

* Karl Popper

* Thomas Reid

* Bertrand Russell

* Arthur Schopenhauer

* Adam Smith


"David Hume" (; 7 May 1711 New Style/NS (26 April 1711 Old Style/OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and philosophical skepticism/scepticism.

In light of Hume's central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy, Bryan Magee judged him as a philosopher "widely regarded as the greatest who has ever written in the English language." While Hume failed in his attempts to start a university career, he took part in various diplomatic and military missions of the time. He wrote The History of England (Hume)/The History of England which became a best-seller, and it became the standard history of England in its day.

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When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.

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

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.

What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'.

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

Art may make a suit of clothes: but nature must produce a man.

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.

I have written on all sorts of subjects . . . yet I have no enemies; except indeed all the Whigs, all the Tories, and all the Christians.

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.

Beauty in things exist in the mind which contemplates them.

Custom is the great guide of human life.

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, 'Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?' No. 'Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?' No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.