This page features a collection of the best resources on David Hume. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want a comprehensive overview of Hume:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Hume. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 19,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Hume:
“Generally regarded as one of the most important philosophers to write in English, David Hume (b. 1711, d. 1776) was also well known in his own time as an historian and essayist. A master stylist in any genre, his major philosophical works—A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–1740), the Enquiries concerning Human Understanding (1748) and concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), as well as his posthumously published Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779)—remain widely and deeply influential…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Dennis Rasmussen’s article: He died as he lived: David Hume, philosopher and infidel [1100 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
- Read this short passage from Hume’s ‘Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding’ which argues against believing in miracles [1900 words]
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on David Hume
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