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David Hume

1711 - 1776

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David Hume (; born David Home; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Beginning with A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40), Hume strove to create a naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature. Hume argued against the existence of innate ideas, positing that all human knowledge derives solely from experience. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Hume has received more than 5,362,789 page views. His biography is available in 102 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). David Hume is the 37th most popular philosopher (down from 31st in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 32nd in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Philosopher.

David Hume is most famous for his skepticism and empiricism.

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Among philosophers, David Hume ranks 37 out of 1,081Before him are Baruch Spinoza, Martin Heidegger, Anaximander, Al-Ghazali, Diogenes, and Laozi. After him are Søren Kierkegaard, Protagoras, Thomas More, Maria Montessori, Sun Tzu, and Plutarch.

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Among people born in 1711, David Hume ranks 1After him are Qianlong Emperor, Mikhail Lomonosov, Roger Joseph Boscovich, William IV, Prince of Orange, Laura Bassi, Barbara of Portugal, Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine, Ablai Khan, and Georg Wilhelm Richmann. Among people deceased in 1776, David Hume ranks 1After him are Yeongjo of Joseon, John Harrison, Natalia Alexeievna, Louis François, Prince of Conti, Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, Duchess Maria Anna Josepha of Bavaria, Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller, John Ellis, Sabah I bin Jaber, Johann Adolf Scheibe, and Johann Jakob Breitinger.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Hume ranks 35 out of 7,765Before him are John Maynard Keynes (1883), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Robert Hooke (1635), Lord Byron (1788), Jane Austen (1775), and John Dalton (1766). After him are Mary II of England (1662), James Prescott Joule (1818), Thomas More (1478), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Anthony Hopkins (1937), and John Lennon (1940).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, David Hume ranks 4Before him are John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), and Thomas Hobbes (1588). After him are Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), Joseph Priestley (1733), John Venn (1834), and Duns Scotus (1265).