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Podcast: David Hume Olesia Stockhold Jill Cooney Amanda Rubenking Kelly Lindsie Conn Quote: “Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.” *David Hume, often known to many as one of the great three philosophers of the early modern era. But is there more to this mind that is of larger significance than his counterparts, Barkley and Locke? *Hume was born 1711, in Edinborough Scotland, and died in 1776. He was highly controversial in his skeptic and religious beliefs, and arguably the most influential empiricist of the English-speaking world. He strived to bring together philosophy and common sense through his works in epistemology, ethics, and political and economic philosophies. Hume was a product of the early modern era, and a major player in the scientific revolution against medieval philosophy. * Epistemology is the study of human knowledge, what is knowledge? Where is it coming from? Is this knowledge really just an opinion? Why should I believe that? What is the rational justification for my belief? *In Hume’s work, “Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,” Hume laid the foundation for his epistemology on what he called “impressions,” Hume’s impressions came from sense experience and moral sentiment. Impressions cannot be doubted. Hume’s impressions are the animated and colorful thoughts, vivid that come to the mind while experiencing something. What succeed these impressions are ideas. Ideas are recollections of previous impressions absent the bright and vivid animation of the impression itself. Every simple idea or thought is a copy of the initial impression. The distinguishing characteristic between the impression and the copy is the copy’s lack of precision and clarity. * Hume gives a persuasive argument for his theory of ideas. - First is the argument by introspection: inspect your own thoughts and you will see them all to be either impressions or copies of prior impressions. -Second, Hume suggests that one who has not tasted wine can have no
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idea of the taste of wine: that idea must come from a previous experience of wine. It is thus David Hume held that all knowledge is derived from some sort of sense data. Our
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