The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy calls David Hume (1711–1776) “the most important philosopher ever to write in English,” and this week the philosophy world celebrates the 300th birthday of the great Scottish empiricist/skeptic. Around the web, you can find more serious commentary on Hume’s philosophy. Just head over to The Philosopher’s Zone, Philosophy Bites, or The Partially Examined Life to listen to their enlightening podcasts. And then you have this: Hume’s philosophy summed up in three slightly ribald minutes. It’s part of a series of YouTube clips that offer idiosyncratic summaries of the philosophy of Aristotle, Kant, Descartes and other giants.
Meanwhile, let us note that you can download free versions of Hume’s major works online. Let us list a few for you:
- An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Audio — Text
- Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Audio — Text
- Treatise of Human Nature Audio — Text