David Hume

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David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian who promoted materialism and naturalism rather than spirituality. He was a skeptic towards religion, and his major philosophical works include A Treatise on Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. He also published the wide-ranging History of England, which covered the history of Great Britan from the time of Julius Caesar to 1688. He quipped, "You can tell what is inside a person's soul by what comes out if it." Hume is considered by some to be one of the greatest philosophers to write in English, partly because of his prose style. Hume has been criticized by many for his atheistic approach, and Charles Darwin declared Hume to have been his central influence, as did "Darwin's bulldog," Thomas Henry Huxley (who coined the term "agnostic").