"defined himself as an empiricist"
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David Hume (1711-1776), philosopher and historian, was instrumental in the development of the Scottish Enlightenment. Writing on religion, he was seen as an atheist. Often considered alongside fellow empiricists Locke and Berkeley, Hume is distinguished by his belief that it is an innate failure of understanding rather than of our senses that limits human knowledge.