Hume - David Hume (1711-1776) A Treatise of Human Nature...

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David Hume (1711—1776) A Treatise of Human Nature (1745) An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (posthumous) Impressions vs. ideas Impressions Raw sense data Ideas: Reflection on sense data All ideas have some origin in sense data (impressions) There are two kinds of truth Truths that have to do with ideas Truths that have to do with matters of fact Resemblance contiguity, cause/effect The three activities of the mind Resemblance The origin of material substance There is something underlying objects that cause them to look the same each time you see them Contiguity: placing things that are close together Relations of ideas (deductive reason)
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Vs. matters of fact (empirical experience) Reason’s relation to the world. Reason is matter of fact and can be verified empirically We need to trace all ideas back to their impressions Science of the mind: origin of ideas
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