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Kelsey Jans Philosophy Prof. Markle 2/1/07 Hume’s argument In my paper, I will analyze the skeptical arguments by Hume. Skeptism demonstrates to us the fact that we cannot be sure of what is true. In Hume’s Inquiry, he argues that we can never be certain that one thing causes another and that we cannot determine our future by cause and effect. By analyzing the arguments of Hume, I will pinpoint that these skeptical arguments by Hume are correct. First, Hume introduces us to impressions and ideas he distinguishes between these two perceptions of the mind. As defined by Hume, impressions consist of direct sense experiences of things outside us (sensations) or inside us (passions or emotions). He then defines ideas as copies of impressions. For example, an impression would be hearing a sound, and an idea would be recalling that sound. This example that Hume gives shows us a belief in causality which is defined as two events that are conjoined creating the idea of cause and effect. However, the idea of cause and effect is not always correct. (FRP
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