DAVID HUME
The Philosopher as Historian

NICHOLAS PHILLIPSON
168pp 2012 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) B874

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In this succinct analysis of Hume's life and works, from his university days in Edinburgh to the rapturous reception of his History of England, Phillipson reveals the gradual process by which one of the greatest Western philosophers turned himself into one of the greatest historians of Britain. As a philosopher, Hume sought a way of seeing the world and pursuing happiness independently of a belief in God. His ground-breaking approach applied the same outlook to Britain's history, showing how the past was shaped solely through human choices and actions.