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p. 11. Life and Characterlocked

  • A. J. Ayer


David Hume was born in Edinburgh in 1711. He attended the University of Edinburgh by age 12. Aged 23, he resolved to devote his life to philosophy, publishing his first book A Treatise of Human Nature in 1739, to a disappointing reception. Opposition by Zealots prevented him from obtaining a university post, so he took on other salaried positions that gave him time to write. By the 1750s works like his Political Discourses and History brought him greater success. As secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris, Hume found great social success amongst the Philosophes. Hume spent his last, more affluent years in Edinburgh, where he died in 1776.

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