‘The Modern Disciple of the Academy’: Hume, Shelley, and Sir William Drummond

Journal of Scottish Philosophy 9 (2):161-188 (2011)
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Sir William Drummond (1770?-1828) enjoyed considerable notoriety in the early nineteenth century as the author of the Academical Questions (1805), a manifesto for immaterialism that is at the same time a creative synthesis of ancient and modern forms of scepticism. In this paper I advance an interpretation of Drummond's work that emphasises his extensive employment and adaptation of Hume's own ‘Academical or Sceptical Philosophy’. I also document the impact of the Academical Questions on the contemporary philosophical scene, including its decisive influence on Shelley's philosophical development.

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