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provide arguments to either accept or reject the following claim: Descartes’ rationalism as explained in the Meditations (and if you wish, the Discourse on Method) is a more correct description of how humans come to understand/know than Hume’s empiricism. Hume Moral Philosophy(science of human nature): 1. man chiefly as born for action. 2. regard human nature as a subject of speculation “It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the preference above the accurate and abstruse” (2) “The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; wand whoever can either remove any obstructions in this way, or open up any
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Unformatted text preview: new prospect, ought so far to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind (5). this mental geography, or delineation of the distinct parts and powers of the mind (7). Happy, if we can unite the boundaries of the different species of philosophy, by reconciling profound enquiry with clearness, and truth with novelty! And still more happy, if, reasoning in this easy manner, we can undermine the foundations of an abstruse philosophy, which seems to have hitherto served only as a shelter to superstition, and a cover to absurdity and error! (9)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course LIT 200 taught by Professor Scott during the Spring '08 term at MS Mary.

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