Paul Auster, in full Paul Benjamin Auster, (born February 3, 1947, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.), American novelist, essayist, translator, and poet whose complex mystery novels are often concerned with the search for identity and personal meaning. After graduating from Columbia University (M.A., 1970), Auster moved to France, where he began translating the works of French writers and publishing.
David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. Despite the enduring impact of his theory of knowledge, Hume seems to have considered himself chiefly as a moralist. Learn more about his life and ideas in this article.