8 - Hume Hume was deeply affected by his skeptical doubts....

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Hume Hume was deeply affected by his skeptical doubts. When alone in his study, he found himself on the brink of despair, for which the only cure was to socialize with his friends. Two things are puzzling about this outcome. First, skeptics from the ancient period prescribed skepticism as a way to attain peace of mind. If you do not trouble yourself with the question of what to believe, you can happily follow the crowd. Second, Descartes had emerged from his solitude reinvigorated, armed with anti-skeptical arguments. In the next lecture, I will give some reasons why Hume was not satisfied with his condition after his inquiries. In the meantime, I will note a major difference between the results of Descartes' solitude and those of Hume's. Descartes decided soon enough that he was not alone, that along with his own existence, the existence of God is certain. And he could use the existence and nature of God as a basis for claiming knowledge about the other things making up the material world. Further, he placed his faith in rational intuition, a kind of mental vision which recognizes
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 102 taught by Professor Markelwin during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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