tokcrap - According to Hume, knowledge consists of...

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According to Hume, knowledge consists of information that can be gained from the inspection of two or more ideas. Discovering causation is different. This sort of information does not merely depend upon looking at two or more ideas. If we examine a situation in which we frequently say “This event causes that event” do we actually perceive, as a feature of the impression, a part called the “cause”. Hume suggested that perhaps the causal connection between events is a relation between the elements in an impression or between successive impressions. The elements are contiguous, that is t, the rock at some moment is next to the window, and also we find that there are some motions of the rock prior to the shattering of the glass. But, besides the contiguity and succession of the events, is there anything else? We feel there must be some element or property by which the cause produces the effect. But all we see is the contiguity and succession of the two events. LIGHTNING & THUNDER. To Hume, necessity is something that exists in the human mind, and not as a quality or feature of objects, as far as we can ever tell. The
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2009 for the course HISTORY 0009 taught by Professor Harris during the Spring '09 term at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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