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[hyoom or, often, yoom] /hyum or, often, yum/
David, 1711–76, Scottish philosopher and historian.
John, born 1937, Northern Ireland politician: Nobel Peace Prize 1998. Unabridged
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  • What system of morality can Hume have with these principles?

  • Hume wrote thirteen hours a day while preparing his ‘History of England.’

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  • The philosophies of Epicurus or Hume give no adequate or dignified conception of the mind.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • From the time of Descartes to Hume and Kant it has had little or nothing to do with facts of science.

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  • He said that Hume wrote his history, as witches say their prayers—backwards.

British Dictionary definitions for Hume


(George) Basil. 1923–99, English Roman Catholic Benedictine monk and cardinal; archbishop of Westminster (1976–99)
David. 1711–76, Scottish empiricist philosopher, economist, and historian, whose sceptic philosophy restricted human knowledge to that which can be perceived by the senses. His works include A Treatise of Human Nature (1740), An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), Political Discourses (1752), and History of England (1754–62)
John. born 1937, Northern Ireland politician; leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) (1979–2001). Nobel peace prize jointly with David Trimble in 1998
Derived Forms
Humism, noun
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