James Runcie: 'David Hume and the art of dying well'

Audio recording of event on 5 May 2010

James Runcie

James Runcie's talk examined the precise, honest, and personal manner in which Scotland's greatest philosopher came to terms with his mortality.

His starting point was David Hume's 1776 manuscript for his short autobiography, 'My own life', which is held at the National Library of Scotland.

He looked at Hume's preparation for death, within both the classical and the medieval tradition of 'the art of dying well'.

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