Hume pp 11-37 | Cite as

Hume’s Life and Philosophical Objectives

  • Terence Penelhum
Part of the Philosophers in Perspective book series (PHPE)


David Hume was born in Edinburgh on 26 April 1711 (O.S.). His father was Joseph Hume, of Ninewells, near Berwick. The family belonged to the minor Border gentry and had a strong legal tradition. David was the third and last child, and his father died little more than two years after his birth. His mother did not remarry. He was probably educated by private tutors, but whatever their contribution was, he was an avid reader from his earliest years. He received the Calvinist religious upbringing of his time and place, and seems not only to have attended the regular devotions of the Kirk, but also to have been given to moral self-analysis.


Human Nature Philosophical Argument Private Tutor Sceptical Argument Common Life 
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© Terence Penelhum 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terence Penelhum
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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