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David Hume

By mac
Generally regarded as one of the most important philosophers to write in English, David Hume (1711–1776) born, Edinburgh, was also well known in his own time as a historian and essayist. A master stylist in any genre, his major philosophical works—A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–1740), the Enquiries concerning Human Understanding (1748) and concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), as well as his posthumously published Dialogues concerning Natural Religion (1779)—remain widely and deeply influential.

Local tradition dictates that a touch of David Hume’s toe will bring good luck, though the practice ironically defies the philosopher’s vehement rejection of superstition. Since 1997, when the public statue was erected at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, it’s become an international point of interest for passers-bys.
Shortly after artist Alexander Stoddart’s sculpture of the great Scottish Enlightenment thinker was installed in front of the High Court Building, philosophy students began making pilgrimages to his likeness and rubbing his toe for luck and wisdom. Over two decades later, hordes of tourists crowd around Hume’s foot at all times of day, rendering the sacred toe a shiny golden sphere from all the contact.

The aforesaid big toe also included!

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Comments


16 Jun 2021 5:24AM
We, humans, are such a superstitious lot. Lovely capture and write-up Ian.
Mike
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Jun 2021 7:23AM
that's a big big toeWinkWink
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2021 7:28AM
Interesting write up and image, Ian.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2021 7:33AM
Love them both. I have similar somewhere in the depths of my pf.
RonDM Plus
6 138 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2021 7:39AM
Great image and detailed write up

Ron
16 Jun 2021 8:22AM
A wonderful and most interesting write up to accompany two excellent images, Ian.

RichardSmile
16 Jun 2021 8:33AM
Love the lead photo and the accompanying information.

Tim
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
16 Jun 2021 8:47AM
That's one way to pass on Covid? All feet should be masked from now on!! 😁
16 Jun 2021 10:15AM
two excellent images and writeup
there's a similar attraction in the Moscow metro where passengers rub the nose of a border guard's dog for good luck (the sculpture dating back to the 1950s)
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2021 3:27PM
Good images and a very informative write up...
Love the toes !! Isabel GrinGrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2021 6:03PM
Terrific write up with your interesting shots
Ju
Great image and narrative Ian.

Karen

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