Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Dream of Enlightenment

David Hume, painted by Allan Ramsay
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

There's an interesting review in The Guardian of Anthony Gottlieb's The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy, that has quite a lot of bearing on the Georgian Enlightenment. His hero is clearly the genial David Hume who
'never took himself too seriously: he performed high-risk philosophical manoeuvres with unflagging good humour, and was always willing to concede that his hard-won theoretical convictions might turn out to be ridiculous foibles'.
No wonder he and Rousseau couldn't get on!

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