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David Hume is most commonly known as one of the most important philosophers to ever write in the English language His development of extreme skepticism in philosophy and rejection of traditional metaphysics has been integral to the development of modern philosophical thinking Although philosophers of the past three hundred years may owe a great debt to him and his main legacy today is as a philosopher Hume in his lifetime gained the most acclaim as a historian His work The History of Great Britain published from 1754 to 1762 is a six-volume analysis of British history form the time of the Roman occupation until the first of the Stuart monarchs The first Quality of a historian is to be true and impartial the next is to be interesting said Hume Hume wanted to produce an unbiased history that was interesting for a common citizen to read Humes main focus in this voluminous work is to convey an understanding of the British constitution and its history without factional or partisan biases Hume views his history as free from the traditional prejudices litter British histories and is also quick to point out his superiority to these historians Although the liberal Hume labeled himself as a Whig but a very skeptical one Hume is quick to slam the Whig histories of the past that tried to portray the monarch as a consummately overstepping the bounds of the constitution and infringing on the rights of the House of Commons In fact some critics such as Victor G Wexler believe Humes portrayal of the House of Commons as the incessant aggressor shows a royalist partiality The idea of a bias free history is almost absurd but in his History of Great Britain Hume feels he does an excellent job in presenting one and more specifically an account of the nature of the British constitution Hume was born in Edinburgh Scotland on
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