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David Hume was born May 7, 1711 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. Hume was the younger son of Catherine and Joseph Hume.

In his third year his father died. He entered Edinburgh University when he was about 12 years old and left it at 14 or 15. Later, he begin to study law, it is the family tradition on both sides, he found it distasteful and instead read voraciously in the wider sphere of letters. Because of the intensity and excitement of his intellectual discovery, he had a nervous breakdown in 1729, from which it took him a few years to recover.

When Hume returned to England in 1766, he was accompanied by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was attempting to escape potential persecution. Their friendship did not last, however, as Rousseau soon wrote to friends that Hume was involved in a conspiracy against him, compelling Hume to defend himself. They are friends in the beginning, but it changed because of issues. Hume came up with the definition of the self that humans are made up of various impressions is because in his early life he had socialized with different personalities, he observed that people are changing, their characters are evolving differently from the time they first met them.

In 1734, after trying his hand in a merchant’s office in Bristol, he came to the turning point of his life and retired to France for three years. Most of this time he spent at La Flèche, studying and writing A Treatise of Human Nature. The Treatise was Hume’s attempt to formulate a full-fledged philosophical system. It is divided into three books: I. Book I, “Of the Understanding,”, Book II, “Of the Passions,”, Book III, on morals, characterizes moral goodness in terms of “feelings” of approval or disapproval that people have.

David Hume died on August 25, 1776 in United Kingdom, he contributed a lot of works in the world of Philosophy. Hume died the year The "Wealth of Nations" was published, and in the presence of its author, Adam Smith. David Hume also made several essential contributions to economic thought. His empirical argument against British mercantilism formed a building block for classical economics. His essays on money and international trade published in Political Discourses strongly influenced his friend and fellow countryman Adam Smith. The second is his assertion that “you cannot deduce ought from is” that is, value judgments cannot be made purely on the basis of facts. And most especially, the definition of the self, a bundle of perception, which enlighten the students on how they will understand themselves and other human beings.

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