10.20.04 - Section 8-10

10.20.04 - Section 8-10 - Section 8 Hume says we cannot...

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Section 8 Hume says we cannot make the inference for cause and effect, but he still wants to understand why we believe things such as this, which are not necessarily true. We cannot make inductions from past events to future events. Belief is a lively idea (one with much force and vivacity) related to a present impression. When any impression becomes present to the mind it transports related ideas and the force and vivacity of those ideas to the mind. He performs three ‘experiments’ Experiment I: Representations enliven impressions. Experiment II: Distance diminishes force of an idea. - Pretend you are traveling towards home, the closer you get, the more associations you have with those things around it. - Having a relic of a saint, gives you a much better impression of it. It is certain that we must have a representation of every fact we believe. Experiment III: A present impression is absolutely necessary for a belief. -
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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10.20.04 - Section 8-10 - Section 8 Hume says we cannot...

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