David Hume's life

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  • David Hume was born in Edinburgh on April 26, 1711. His father died 1 year after his birth and left the family estate to his older brother John.
  • David was raised a Calvinist Presbyterian and spent his childhood at Ninewells which is the family's modest estate.
  • David joined his brother when he went to Endinburgh University. David was only 12 years old and he read widely in history and literature, as well as ancient and modern philosophy. 
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  • David moved to France in 1734 and there he used up his savings to support himself and wrote one of the most influential works in the history of philosophy, "A Treatise of Human Nature" which is a collection of his philosophical ideas .
  • David strove to create a total naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature, he believed passion rather than reason governs human nature, and all human knowledge is ultimately founded solely by experience.
  • David Hume passed away on August 25, 1776 from natural causes and his philosophy of human nature was very significant to the enlightenment.
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