I want to start by dissecting some items taken from Wikipedia as it is a source of information that many people turn to these days. In particular the part I would think of as the introduction - the bit above the contents.
Wikipedia wrote:who is best known today for his highly influential system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism
Taken from the first paragraph in the article. Radical seems extreme, but why? It could be that the author of the article is just saying that he turned philosophy on its head or maybe radical just means excellent or just that Hume departed from tradition with his philosophy. I would say Hume departed from tradition.
Wikipedia wrote:Hume strove to create a total naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature. Against philosophical rationalists, Hume held that passion rather than reason governs human behaviour and argued against the existence of innate ideas, positing that all human knowledge is ultimately founded solely in experience
Contained within the second paragraph. Is it possible that maybe passion and reason governs human behaviour?
Wikipedia wrote:In what is sometimes referred to as Hume's problem of induction, he argued that inductive reasoning, and belief in causality, cannot, ultimately, be justified rationally
Beginning of the third paragraph. Why not Mr Hume?
Wikipedia wrote:Hume also influentially denied that humans have an actual conception of the self, positing that we experience only a bundle of sensations, and that the self is nothing more than this bundle of causally-connected perceptions.
Toward the end of the fourth paragraph. A bundle of sensations - interesting - causally-connected perceptions - I think he was on to something here though.
Wikipedia wrote:Hume described his "love for literary fame" as his "ruling passion"
From the second last paragraph. So passion is a driver then.
Wikipedia wrote:Hume has proved extremely influential on subsequent Western thought, especially on utilitarianism, logical positivism, William James, Immanuel Kant, the philosophy of science, early analytic philosophy, cognitive science, theology and other movements and thinkers.
Last Paragraph in the section. I still find myself being influenced by Hume.
Given that I have not performed a proper dissection here, it is fair to say that this post is a conversation starter. From this point I will not draw material from Wikipedia but from the writings of Hume instead and any other historical texts and philosophy that might overlap with Hume's. I am particularly interested in what Hume calls impressions and ideas.