Statue of David Hume, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, by Edinburgh-born artist, Alexander Stoddart, unveiled in 1995.
Unveiled in 1995 and resting along its Royal Mile in front of the High Court Building is Edinburgh’s monument to David Hume, sculpted by the artist Alexander Stoddart (who also sculpted the nearby monument to Adam Smith). Hume, a philosopher and historian who lived from 1711 to 1776, is one of the Scottish Enlightenment’s most famous and enduring figures, despite having never held an academic post due to his religious sentiments. Though most famous for his writing on naturalistic empiricism, raanti-rationalist scepticism, natural religion, and for his grand history of England, it is Hume’s moral psychological writings that were perhaps most influential on his friend and fellow-thinker, Adam Smith. Indeed, Smith’s epistolary account of the last two weeks of Hume’s life is canonically published as an epilogue to Hume’s short autobiography, My Own Life.