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Compare Hume's theory of self, or lack thereof, with the Buddhist theory of self. How are they similar and different, and what consequences would they have on your life if they were true?

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David Hume (1711–1776) was a Scottish philosopher who attended the University of Edinburgh at the age of twelve. He spent his life reading, contemplating, and writing on a wide range of topics, including philosophy, history, ethics, and economics. The basis for his inquiries was his search to understand the mind in relation to knowledge and ideas. His conclusion was that the only way to know anything is through experience. Through awareness, the mind gets impressions, and from these impressions, ideas are formed.

As an empiricist and a skeptic, Hume concluded that the existence of the...

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