Paul Smit's love of the Scottish philosopher, economist and historian David Hume has won him the 2008 Keswick Prize for Lucidity.
In his 4 000-word essay, Of Hume and tragedy: the controversies of conversion and other tales, Smit showed that, "contrary to the claims of some of Hume's critics, his theory of tragic pleasure is perfectly consistent with his earlier writings in The Treatise".
The Keswick Prize is awarded to a third- or fourth-year student in any technical field for writing the most lucid essay.
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