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Hume’s studies, which have since become fundamental in modern Western philosophy,  focus on reason, perception, and especially morals. Hume questioned whether the  senses, and thus perception, could be trusted for a consistent view of the world around  us. In considering morality, Hume felt that if a person found a particular action  reasonable, then that action was a morally appropriate thing to do. By adding this  introspective, individual layer to the issues of perception and morality, Hume stripped  the philosophical world of its generalizations. Indeed, the unrelentingly skeptical Hume believed that everything was subject to some  degree of uncertainty—an idea that turned the intellectual world on end. Regardless of  how he himself felt about Enlightenment ideas, he kept returning to one thought:  because we will never know  anything  beyond a doubt, why bother? Hume also applied 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • moral degradation. Rousseau, unrelentingly skeptical Hume, modern Western philosophy, morally appropriate thing

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