Whatever his merits as an economist, Hume's place as one of the foremost exponents of capitalism is clearly established. His views on the landed interest and his recognition of self-interest and his desire for accumulation as the driving forces of economic activity in his time helped to consolidate the forces that were struggling to add political power to the economic supremacy which they had already achieved.
Skepticism with regard to the senses had troubled Greek philosophers from a very early stage... The Sophists , notably Protagoras and Gorgias , had been led by the ambiguities and apparent contradictions of sense-perception to a subjectivism not unlike Hume's.
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