David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian

David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian A Giant Of The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment, David Hume Was One Of The Most Important Philosophers Ever To Write In English He Was Also A Brilliant Historian In This Succinct Study, Nicholas Phillipson Shows How Hume Freed History From Religion And Politics As A Philosopher, Hume Sought A Way Of Seeing The World And Pursuing Happiness Independently Of A Belief In God His Groundbreaking Approach Applied The Same Outlook To Britain S History, Showing How The Past Was Shaped Solely Through Human Choices And ActionsIn This Analysis Of Hume S Life And Works, From His University Days In Edinburgh To The Rapturous Reception Of His History Of England, Nicholas Phillipson Reveals The Gradual Process By Which One Of The Greatest Western Philosophers Turned Himself Into One Of The Greatest Historians Of Britain In Doing So, He Shows Us How Revolutionary Hume Was, And Why His Ideas Still Matter Today

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian
  • Nicholas Phillipson
  • English
  • 22 June 2019
  • 9780140287295

10 thoughts on “David Hume: The Philosopher as Historian

  1. says:

    Many people know of David Hume the great empiricist, the skeptic of causality, and the architect of a moral system based on natural sentiments But in his own day, Hume was most famous as an historian and political analyst This book helps us by providing an overview of those works of Hume which made him famous and fairly wealthy in his lifetime.Phillipson reminds us that the Britain of Hume s day was arguing fiercely over the right frame to put around its own history, especially the tumultuous 17th century Traditionalist Tories gave credit to royalists and placed blame on the rebellious mob, while forward thinking Whigs did just the opposite It was a political fight over who would get to appropriate history to which cause In this contentious spectrum, Hume found himself somewhere in the middle as a skeptical Whig, reading history as demonstrating that while there must be some check on royal power, society also requires leadership by a firm hand If any cultural segment deserved blame for the violent upheavals, it was the religious enthusiasts, who poured the gasoline upon any heated dissent Religious extremism made governing nearly impossible, and mob action thoroughly irrational.In the end, according to Phillipson, Hume s aim was as much to liberate human beings from the priestcraft of historians as it was to liberate them from clerics 141 The historians of his own day twisted history to their own ends, just as clerics twisted philosophy to their own ends Hume sought instead to provide his readers with a model of themselves as historical agents whose understanding of themselves, their interests, and their happiness was shaped in the time bound, historical world of common life 141 He was, in short, an Enlightenment secularist And whether his own ends twisted the particular history he offered is exactly the sort of question he would encourage his readers to raise.

  2. says:

    This is a good short biography focused on David Hume the historian and his unique contribution through his revisionist history of England As Hume s reputation as a philosopher overshadowed his historical work in the twentieth century it was the opposite during his lifetime , this is a very interesting book to read.

  3. says:

    I was left wondering, when did David Hume pass This offers some very great discussions of his A Treatise of Human Nature and A History of England but falls short in telling of life of the great philosopher historian.

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