HUME, David


HUME, David
(1711-1776)
   Scottish skeptical philosopher, historian and essayist whose radical empiricism has had a profound influence on modern thought. KANT claimed that Hume "awoke" him "from dogmatic slumber" through his A Treaties on Human Nature (1739). Hume's Dialogues on Natural Religion (1779), which was published posthumously, is a sustained attack on CHRISTIANITY and attempts to prove the existence of GOD. In his lesser known work The Natural History of Religion (1757), he argued that POLYTHEISM was both the natural and original RELIGION of mankind.

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