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 4,392,397 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). David Hume is the 31st most popular philosopher (up from 32nd in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from United Kingdom 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 31 out of 1,089Before him are Thales of Miletus, Seneca the Younger, Friedrich Engels, Averroes, Democritus, and Diogenes. After him are Laozi, Martin Heidegger, Søren Kierkegaard, Auguste Comte, 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, Laura Bassi, William IV, Prince of Orange, Barbara of Portugal, Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine, Ablai Khan, and William Boyce. 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, John Ellis, Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller, Johann Adolf Scheibe, Johann Jakob Breitinger, Nathan Hale, and James Ferguson.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, David Hume ranks 33 out of 6,924Before him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), John Lennon (1940), Mary I of England (1516), Alexander Fleming (1881), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), and Margaret Thatcher (1925). After him are John Maynard Keynes (1883), Mary II of England (1662), Daniel Defoe (1660), Jane Austen (1775), James Prescott Joule (1818), and Bertrand Russell (1872).

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), John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), and Joseph Priestley (1733).