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David Hume Philosophy

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David Hume, the Scottish philosopher, is recognized for his “philosophical empiricism and skepticism”. Of course, it is not all that surprising that an educated man, such as David Hume, would attempt to explain the human condition through experience, considering the fact that Hume lived during the Enlightenment period; a period during which science and reason dominated the world of thought. In his autobiography, My Own Life, the Scottish philosopher, takes notice of the fact that even women were able to partake in the Enlightenment. Hume acknowledges that his mother was an advocate of this new way of thought. After the death of his father, Hume’s mother “devoted herself entirely to the rearing and educating of her children.” Clearly,…show more content…
in just one sentence, stating: “Hume emphasized education and experience: men of taste acquire certain abilities that lead to agreement about which authors and artworks are the best.” Freeland goes on to highlight the fact that Hume believes the “standard of taste” is universal; this is rather intriguing considering Hume’s claim that men of taste, “must preserve his mind free from all prejudice, and also nothing to enter into his consideration, but the very object which is submitted to his examination.” Hume argues that all men of taste are capable of freeing their minds of all prejudice—this seems questionable. Although it may be possible for a man or woman to entirely free his or herself from prejudice it is highly unlikely. If a man of taste must be a man who can free his mind entirely from all prejudice, sure this group of men of taste must be diminutive in size. Considering his background, it is not all that surprising that David Hume’s theory of art would be so narrow-minded. During his stint as an officer Hume was taught that finding structure and setting standards is crucial in all aspects of
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