The Epistemological Philosophy of David Hume


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The Epistemological Philosophy of David Hume
What is the problem of induction?
One of the most prominent philosophers of his time, David Hume was an economist, historian, empiricist, naturalist, and a skeptic. Born in Edinburgh on April 26, 1711, Hume went on to study Greek, logic, metaphysics, and Newtonian “natural philosophy” at the Edinburgh Town College, then later pursuing a legal career at
. After a failed attempt at a business career in Bristol, a twenty-three year old Hume relocated to rural France to live cheaply while pursuing philosophy. Certainly, Hume is no match to Immanuel Kant in terms of opaque writing, however, his overall philosophy is not without interpretive difficulties. Likely the fundamental cornerstone...
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