Summary of “How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis”

How did Hume come up with these ideas, so profoundly at odds with the Western philosophy and religion of his day? What turned the neurotic Presbyterian teenager into the great founder of the European Enlightenment?
In 1728, just before Hume began the Treatise, Desideri finished his book, the most complete and accurate European account of Buddhist philosophy to be written until the 20th century.
So Hume lived near a French Jesuit college when he wrote the Treatise.
Could anyone there have told Hume about Desideri? I couldn’t find any trace of Père Tolu, the Jesuit who had been especially interested in Desideri.
Hume writes better than any other great philosopher and, unlike many great philosophers, he is funny, humane, fair, and wise.
Twelve Jesuit fathers had been at La Flèche when Desideri visited and were still there when Hume arrived.
So Hume had lots of opportunities to learn about Desideri.
Dolu not only had been particularly interested in Desideri; he was also there for all of Hume’s stay.

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