Sun, 6 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

What David Hume Teaches Us about Being Human and Living Well

Julian Baggini

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Interweaving biography with intellectual history, Julian Baggini presents a guide to human nature through the lens of the Enlightenment’s most famous philosopher.

David Hume’s ideas on cause and effect, the nature of the self, reason and emotion, and atheism and religion make him one of the most influential British philosophers who ever lived. But he is rarely thought of as a philosopher with practical wisdom to offer. Yet Hume’s philosophy is grounded in an honest assessment of nature— human nature in particular.

Now Julian Baggini joins us with an engaging and eye-opening account of how Hume’s thought can serve as the basis for a complete approach to life.

He will follow Hume on his life’s journey, transporting us to the places that inspired Hume the most, from his family estate near the Scottish border to Paris, where, as an older man, he was warmly embraced by French society. He will show how Hume put his philosophy into practice, leading a life that blends reason and passion, study and leisure, and relaxation and enjoyment.

Touching upon topics including friendship, facing death, identity, and the importance of leisure, Baggini will show us how life can be far richer with Hume as your guide.


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Julian Baggini

Philosopher and Author

Julian Baggini is an independent scholar, philosopher, and writer. He was the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and is the author of many books, including How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy and The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World. Website Twitter @JulianBaggini