David Hume
#32 Overall Influence

David Hume

Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian

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David Hume 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 , 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. This places him with Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and George Berkeley, as a British Empiricist.

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University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh

Public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland

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#11 World Rank
Philosophy
#21 World Rank
History
#29 World Rank
Economics
#276 World Rank
Literature