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David Hume

What does David Hume mean by saying that human nature is a bundle of perceptions?

The "bundle of perceptions" theory is one of David Hume's most significant contributions. Hume was an empiricist, meaning that he saw human perception as the source of human understanding. This...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 3:18 pm UTC

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Can someone explain to me David Hume's principle of conversion with the following examples? When viewing a...

When asking for clarification as to what Hume's principle of conversion actually means and entails, it's useful to get a larger sense of Hume's discussion in "Of Tragedy." What question is he...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 2:46 am UTC

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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,...

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,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 10:17 pm UTC

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How could one critically analyze David Hume’s argument for the conclusion that "Reason is, and ought only to be the...

In arguing that “reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them,” the British (actually, Scottish, an important...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013 7:06 pm UTC

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Hume argues that moral ideas cannot derived from reason. Explain why.

Hume argues that moral norms are derived from experience, custom, and tradition. We act the way we do through habit and not on the basis of rational calculation. To be sure, reason does have a role...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 8:25 am UTC

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What does Hume think the association of causality really is, and why can’t matter-of-fact reasoning be applied to...

Hume regards causality as an inference, or conclusion, drawn by the human mind when it observes two things happening one after the other—repeatedly. He uses the basic example of one billiard ball...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 4:50 am UTC

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How was David Hume significant in the history of the World?

Hume is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential figures in the history of Western philosophy. His contributions are many. First, he served as a voice against the uncritical...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2012 3:47 am UTC

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This is an excerpt from Alex Neill's article “ ‘An Unaccountable Pleasure’: Hume on Tragedy and the Passions.” Can...

“ ‘An Unaccountable Pleasure’: Hume on Tragedy and the Passions” is an article written by British philosopher Alex Neill, in which he attempts to analyze Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, writer,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 3:47 am UTC

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What does David Hume mean when he states that reason alone cannot be a motive to the will, but rather it is the slave...

David Hume wrote in his Treatise on Human Nature: Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. The phrasing...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2020 11:30 am UTC

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Explain in detail Hume’s “bundle theory” of self and be able to explain the implications of Hume’s theory for...

Hume argues that the self as traditionally understood doesn't exist. There isn't some stable, unchanging identity that remains in place throughout our various perceptions. In fact, what we call the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 8:18 am UTC

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In Part One of "The Dialogues on Natural Religion" by David Hume, Cleanthes accuses Philo of attempting to erect...

In Part One, Cleanthes means to expose what he believes are flaws in philosophical skepticism. Philosophical skepticism is the belief that human reason is fallible and therefore cannot be used as a...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 2:38 pm UTC

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Can someone explain to me in a brief sentence what this excerpt means? The “new addition” which Hume goes on to...

I can't summarize this excerpt in one brief sentence, but I shall do my best to summarize it for you as succinctly as I can. The excerpt is about an essay, entitled "Of Tragedy," published in 1757...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 12:25 pm UTC

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