In my undergraduate days, I remember reading someone occupying roughly a mental and historical space as David Hume (originally my thought was between Hume and Kuhn), and have a vaguely recalled passage that I would like to source. Though on first asking this question I thought it may even be Hume or Kuhn, I am fairly convinced after more searching that the topic and metaphor came from the Hume end of the spectrum (if not he himself);
[They are hiding in their woods without seeking the truth of knowledge]
I wish I knew if he advocated science or something that might flag the general school of thought, but what sticks out is the "hiding in the woods" part (as some kind of metaphor), and that this was perhaps the introductory salvo (probably written within the first few pages of the reading).
I am hoping to find the author and where the passage is from as it was in something I recall enjoy reading (though I believe the reading itself was in some Modern Philosophy reader).
- I believe this was a primary source, not likely a secondary source
- I believe it was Empiricist (I think that was why Hume sticks, but it may have been a similar philosopher or school or a response); calling out those espousing non-objective metaphysics from their "[hiding places to shine light on their claims]", or something like that.
- The more I look for it the more I recall some anti-clergy tone going in the text, as it related to their mysticism covering up or obscuring the search for truth.
Does "hiding in the woods" ring a bell for you?