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Selections from: An enquiry concerning human understanding

David Hume

Selections from: An enquiry concerning human understanding

and A treatise of human nature. With Hume"s autobiography and a letter from Adam Smith.

by David Hume

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Published by Open court in LaSalle, Ill .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Knowledge, Theory of.

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesTreatise of human nature, Enquiry concerning human understanding
    StatementIntroduction by Eugene Freeman.
    SeriesOpen Court library of philosophy
    ContributionsSmith, Adam, 1723-1790
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxxviii, 280 p.
    Number of Pages280
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16399767M

    It is remarkable concerning the operations of the mind, that, though most intimately present to us, yet, whenever they become the object of reflexion, they seem involved in obscurity; nor can the eye readily find those lines and boundaries, which discriminate and distinguish them. Hume has already discussed the body-body interaction of billiard balls. Whose favour shall I court, and whose anger must I dread? Each adventurous genius will still leap at the arduous prize, and find himself stimulated, rather than discouraged, by the failures of his predecessors; while he hopes that the glory of achieving so hard an adventure is reserved for him alone. Second, he notes that human beings delight in a sense of wonder, and this provides a villain with an opportunity to manipulate others.

    Man is a reasonable being; and as such, receives from science his proper food and nourishment: But so narrow are the bounds of human understanding, that little satisfaction can be hoped for in this particular, either from the extent of security or his acquisitions. This opinion I can scarce forbear retracting, and condemning from my present feeling and experience. Hume In explaining how matters of fact are entirely a product of experience, he dismisses the notion that they may be arrived at through a priori reasoning. See more. First Canadian Edition.

    The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian. These principles may flourish and triumph in the schools; where it is, indeed, difficult, if not impossible, to refute them. Is it not proper to draw an opposite conclusion, and perceive the necessity of carrying the war into the most secret recesses of the enemy? Thus he uses a discussion of language to demonstrate sloppy thinking.


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Selections from: An enquiry concerning human understanding book

Average rating:3out of5stars, based onreviews Beware of Procrustes If any one, upon serious and unprejudiced reflection, thinks he has a different notion of himself, I must confess I can reason no longer with him.

Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye; but to bring light from obscurity, by whatever labour, must needs be delightful and rejoicing. The only method of freeing learning, at once, from these abstruse questions, is to enquire seriously into the nature of human understanding, and show, from an exact analysis of its powers and capacity, that it is by no means fitted for such remote and abstruse subjects.

Each adventurous genius will still leap at the arduous prize, and find himself stimulated, rather than discouraged, by the failures of his predecessors; while he hopes that the glory of achieving so hard an adventure is reserved for him alone.

The real dogma underlying scientism is not exclusive reliance on science, it is the dogma of self-authority, which is the antithesis of the scientific method. This philosophy excites the sentiments and leads us to assent to a way of life that we know to be good. So that, upon the whole, we may conclude, that the Christian Religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.

He ends the section with his own reservations towards Cartesian and Lockean epistemologies. He had only one bed for all comers.

His auditors may not have, and commonly have not, sufficient judgement to canvass his evidence: what judgement they have, they renounce by principle, in these sublime and mysterious subjects: or if they were ever so willing to employ it, passion and a heated imagination disturb the regularity of its operations.

Practitioners of science are flawed human beings just like those of religion, susceptible to all sorts of passions, including the lust for unjust power and fame. Testing on certain animals like cats have concluded that they do not possess any faculty which allow their minds to grasp an insight into cause and effect.

Some European philosophers saw the book's impact on psychology as comparable to Isaac Newton 's impact upon science. He had only one bed for all comers. While they attempt this arduous task, they are deterred by no difficulties; but proceeding from particular instances to general principles, they still push on their enquiries to principles more general, and rest not satisfied till they arrive at those original principles, by which, in every science, all human curiosity must be bounded.

Writers may also invent such obfuscation to make themselves appear more educated or their ideas more complicated and nuanced or erudite than they actually are.

But if we still carry on our sifting humor, and ask, What is the foundation of all conclusions from experience? It forms a strong presumption against all supernatural and miraculous relations, that they are observed chiefly to abound among ignorant and barbarous nations; or if a civilized people has ever given admission to any of them, that people will be found to have received them from ignorant and barbarous ancestors, who transmitted them with that inviolable sanction and authority, which always attend received opinions.

Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Empiricism is seen in distinction from Rationalism, in that it doubts the viability of universal principles rational or otherwiseand uses sense data as the basis of all knowledge - experience is the source of knowledge.

Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. And shall we esteem it worthy the labour of a philosopher to give us a true system of the planets, and adjust the position and order of those remote bodies; while we affect to overlook those, who, with so much success, delineate the parts of the mind, in which we are so intimately concerned?

The brunt of this chapter allegedly narrates the opinions, not of Hume, but of one of Hume's anonymous friends, who again presents them in an imagined speech by the philosopher Epicurus. Hume Here he is describing what would become known as the problem of induction.

Is it not proper to draw an opposite conclusion, and perceive the necessity of carrying the war into the most secret recesses of the enemy? They select the most striking observations and instances from common life; place opposite characters in a proper contrast; and alluring us into the paths of virtue by the views of glory and happiness, direct our steps in these paths by the soundest precepts and most illustrious examples.

Commit it then to the flames, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion. It matters now that Mens Fancies are, 'tis the Knowledge of Things that is only to be priz'd; 'tis this alone gives a Value to our Reasonings, and Preference to one Man's Knowledge over another's, that is of Things as they really are, and of Dreams and Fancies.

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