Hume, 300 years on
Speakers weren’t that good, but were saved by the topic.
Hume did not go for the prevailing understanding that reason was the guide, or organizing principle, or the source of knowledge. Extremely controversial
He saw the driver of the mind as the imagination, and the organizational principle to be the culture and society in which the individual lived.
As one consequence, any body of knowledge built on a foundation of ‘reason’ was in fact built on a foundation of mud. He was especially critical of religion, which did not earn him many friends.
He investigated culture primarily in terms of the means of obtaining substinance and in terms of the distribution of property/wealth.
Most famous, however, for his history of England, which was a best seller and is still considered a great work