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David Hume: Radical Empiricist's Principle
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6 pages in length. David Hume asserts the radical empiricists principle: "All our ideas come from impressions." The manner by which one could determine the implications this principle has upon the remainder of Hume's philosophy is to digest the philosopher's theories as a whole, rather than compartmentalizing them into individual sectors. Indeed, some may argue that Hume is not consistent in his application of this treatment; however, when one looks more closely at the fundamental basis of Hume's collective thoughts, it becomes significantly easier to see that his consistency is not worthy of questioning. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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David Hume's Attack on Personal Identity (The Self) & Karl Popper's Response to Hume
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A 5 page paper which examines Scottish philosopher David Hume's philosophical attack on personal identity, i.e., the self, described in 'A Treatise of Human Nature,' and considers Karl Popper's response to Hume. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Role of Sympathy in David Hume’s “Why Utility Pleases”
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This 3 page report discusses 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume and his ideas relating to “why utility pleases.” The foundation of David Hume’s thinking and philosophy regarding morality is the concept of sympathy, which (the modern reader must understand) determines what serves as the basis of interaction between people and the wellspring of human happiness. Utilitarianism is the doctrine that what is useful is good, and consequently, that the ethical value of conduct is determined by the utility of its results. Bibliography lists one source.
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David Hume and the Rules of Justice
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This 5 page report discusses the attitudes of David Hume (1711-1776) regarding justice and why justice is an artificial virtue. The foundation of Hume’s thinking on morality is the concept of sympathy, which he views as the basis of interaction between people and the wellspring of human happiness. He then defines morality as the qualities that are approved in whomever they happen to appear and by virtually everybody else. As a result of such thinking, he sets out to discover the broadest possible grounds for those approvals. He finds those grounds of approval in “feelings” rather than “knowing” and determines that moral decisions are established as a result of moral sentiment. It is here that the concept of utility arises. Hume asserts that qualities are valued either for their agreeableness, either to the owner of the quality or to the person or persons affected by the quality. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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David Hume -- Objective and Subjective Morality
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This 4 page report discusses Scottish philosopher and writer David Hume (1711-1776) and his ideas regarding the objectivity and subjectivity of morality. Critics during his time criticized Hume’s theories for being sinfully Godless. And yet, by the end of the century Hume was recognized as the founder of the moral theory of utility. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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David Hume on Causality
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A 5 page paper that describes Hume's argument against causality and argues that Hume's contentions as to the limited nature of causality are unfounded. Hume argues that existing knowledge, created from the habitual activities of man, is the only way to perceive an object. Kant, among other philosophers, have disagreed with Hume's belief, noting that objects are based within the context of other objects and causality is a necessary and reasonable assertion. Two primary sources cited.
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David Hume on Compatibilism
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A 7 page paper which examines David Hume on the philosophy he helped create, compatibilism, stating criticisms of his position and considering whether or not Hume can respond to these criticisms by modifying his position. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Rational Belief based on Causation and According to David Hume
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This 3 page report discusses the question of whether or not it is rational to believe that a person will die if he or she is in a head-on collision at 100 miles per hour. Considering such a question in the framework of David Hume’s account of causation, it is important to understand that Hume’s 18th century experiences of the world would have been remarkably different from those of the 21st century. Bibliography lists one source .
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David Hume; Life and Works
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This 10 page paper looks at the life and works of the eighteenth century Scottish philosopher David Hume. Hume, better known in his own time as a historian rather than a philosopher is now seen as one of the most influential thinkers of the empiricist school. His works spanned many years, including the well known 'Treatise of Human Nature'. His philosophy and its presentation in his different works is considered, as is his influence on other writers and institutions of his time. The bibliography cites 9 sources.
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David Hume and Whether or Not an Understanding of Morality Comes from God
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This 5 page report discusses Scottish philosopher David Hume’s idea that morality is based on the concept of sympathy, which he views as the basis of interaction between people and the wellspring of human happiness. He then defines morality as the qualities that are approved in whomever they happen to appear and by virtually everybody else. Hume also held that the concept of right and wrong is not rational but arises from a regard for one’s own happiness, not from religious constraint or belief in God. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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David Hume on Miracles
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A 6 page discussion of David Hume's argument concerning the validity of miracles. Details his argument against inductive reasoning and his contentions that absolute skepticism is correct, that science had no authority, and that miracles are a violation of the laws of nature. Emphasizes that while Hume's critique of miraculous claims comprises a skeptical rationalism which formed a major challenge to the religious beliefs of his time period, it is a critique which has many faults in its own. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Immanuel Kant and David Hume -- The Cause of Events and The Human Soul
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This 5 page report discusses two philosophical propositions: first, every event has a cause; and, second, an immortal soul exists distinct from the body. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and David Hume (1711-1776) were two of the 18th century Western world’s philosophers who were particularly concerned with issues relating to what is “right” or “good” and what best serves the needs of humankind both collectively and individually. The two separate philosophical propositions may be considered that will allow a greater understanding of the thinking of Hume and Kant Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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David Hume on Determinism and Free Will
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A 5 page essay that investigates the beliefs of eighteenth century philosopher David Hume on determinism and free will. The writer explains Hume's compatibilist views that are put forth in his book An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. No additional sources cited.
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David Hume
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In 5 pages the author counters David Hume's claim that God does not exist. "The conclusive evidence that exists all around proves that God does indeed exist. Hume has examined the evidence of God and has turned a blind eye to it. He has made up his mind that God does not exist. He has become prejudice against the evidence of God, and dismissed it simply because he chose not to believe in it." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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David Hume's Views on Reason & Sentiment in Moral Judgment
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This 9 page research paper examines British philosopher David Hume's impressions on the roles of reason and sentiment in making moral judgments. Specifically considered will be an assessment of Hume's conclusion that morality is a concept more properly felt than judged. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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David Hume's 'Enquiry Concerning The Principles Of Morals'
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A 5 page paper discussing David Hume's 'Enquiry Concerning the Principle of Morals' published in 1751. Hume's theory on the origins of morality and moral distinctions is discussed, as well as arguments against the reduction of all moral feeling of self-interest. No additional sources cited.
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David Hume/Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
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A 5 page essay that addresses the basic premise set forth by eighteenth century philosopher David Hume in his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. The writer discusses Hume's objections to the argument that the complexity of the Universe implies a divine "Designer." Hume argued against this a posteriori argument. No additional sources cited.
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Thomas Nagel on Hume
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This 5 page paper considers the arguments of Thomas Nagel regarding the views of David Hume, and assesses how convincing Nagel's suggestion is that a Humean is generally committed to calling certain prudential acts irrational. This paper integrates some of the central arguments of both Nagel and Hume in developing this a perspective on Nagel's assertion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Rousseau and Hume on Justice and Property
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This 6 page report discusses the differences between the opinions of Jean Jacques Rousseau and David Hume regarding the relationship between justice and property. Hume understood the establishment of a system of morality on utility and human sentiments, without appeal to divine moral commands. Critics of the time criticized Hume's theory for being sinfully godless. Rousseau claimed that science, art, and social institutions have corrupted humankind and that the primitive state is morally superior to the civilized state. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” and Abortion with Comments from David Hume
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This 8 page report discusses the issue of abortion and applies Aristotle’s thinking from The Nicomachean Ethics, as well as some of David Hume’s thoughts on utilitarianism. Aristotle was convinced that the chief purpose of any individual is the faultless evolution and expansion of his or her true nature; therefore, it must be discovered particularly within the complete acknowledgment and attainment of his or her greatest capability, which is, in Aristotle's view, reason. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, the Toulmin Argument and Presidential Campaigning
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This 5 page report discusses the philosophies of liberalist David Hume (1711-1776) and conservative Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and compares and contrasts their thinking. Then,based on the argumentative framework established my Stephen Toulmin, their ideas are applied to the presidential campaign taking place in 2000. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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David Hume's 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding' vs. Immanuel Kant's 'Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals'
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A 5 page paper which examines the differing views of the foundation of moral judgment offered by David Hume in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Immanuel Kant's Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. After both arguments are considered, there will be a discussion as to how each would disagree with the other's assessments, and conclude with whose argument proved most convincing and why. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Plato, David Hume, John Stuart Mill & Immanuel Kant on Capital Punishment
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A 7 page paper which examines the ancient Greek philosophical view of capital punishment, as espoused by Plato, and then considers the European perspectives of David Hume, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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David Hume On Miracles
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A 12 page paper that considers Hume's arguments about miracles and the importance of his findings on the essence of religious thought. This paper demonstrates that Hume's argument not only suggests that there is no way of proving the testimony of miracles, but that this also brings into question the existence of God. Bibliography with 6 sources.
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George Berkeley and David Hume - Similarities and Differences
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This 5 page report discusses the philosophies of George Berkeley (1685-1753) and David Hume (1711-1176) and compares their similarities and differences. Both held unique and views on the actual existence of any given item and the relationship of the thing to the person who perceives it.
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Rene Descartes’ ‘Proof’ of God’s Existence, Critiqued By David Hume
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A 9 page paper which presents Rene Descartes’ proof of God’s existence, as considered in his 'Discourse on Method' and 'Meditations on First Philosophy,' then analyzes how British philosopher David Hume would critique Descartes’ deductive conclusions, based on his 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.' Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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How Kant and Hume Would React To Plato's 'Euthyphro'
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A 6 page paper that discusses the possible reactions of Immanuel Kant and David Hume on Plato's 'Euthyphro.' Of major consideration is the reactions of Kant and Hume to the concepts of piety, love and family duty as presented within the story of the dialogue between Euthyphro and Socrates. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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I Sleep, Therefore I Dream - An Ethereal Encounter Between Hume & Descartes
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A 5 page paper that presents a hypothetical scenario in which the philosophers David Hume and Rene Descartes meet and debate their very differing philosophical views. This hypothetical conversation and debate is focused on the beliefs Descartes presents in his first three Meditations and the views expressed in Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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David Hume's Attack On Principles Of Cause & Effect #2
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An 8 page paper that provides an overview of Hume's beliefs regarding cause and effect as presented in his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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David Hume 's Attack On Cause & Effect
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An 8 page paper that considers Hume's arguments against the philosophical premise of causality supported by other philosophers like Emmanuel Kant. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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David Hume's Attack Upon Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle And Plotinus
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10 pages in length. The writer discusses Hume's desparaging opinion of the others philosophers' beliefs in relation to existence, oneness and matter. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Epistomology of David Hume
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(5 pp) According to the concept of "positivism" another phrase for Hum'e's train of thought, he believed that if you could think about something you had the ability to know it. Hume was convinced that there were two different ways and means by which to approach philosophy and he argued that each had its own peculiar merit, and may contribute to the entertainment, instruction, and reformation of mankind. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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David Hume: The Principle Of Excessive Skepticism
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses Hume's principle in relation to Descartes' skepticism principle, as well as offers criticism from 'An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.' No additional sources cited.
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“David Hume and the Existence of Miracles”
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A five page paper which analyses David Hume’s philosophy with regard to the nature of the miraculous, and the ways in which alleged miracles may be explained in terms of rationality and scientific evidence. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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David Hume And Racism
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This 5 page paper explores the possibility that David Hume was a racist. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Hume and Aquinas: Perspectives on Religion
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A 5 page paper which presents the philosophical views of David Hume and Thomas Aquinas on religion. The paper argues for both sides of beliefs, but essentially sides with the views of David Hume. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Aristotle, Hume and Kant
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A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts the metaphysical philosophies of Aristotle, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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David Hume's Critique Of Mankind's Knowledge Of Causal Relationships
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6 pages in length. The writer discusses how the very nature of David Hume's critique of mankind's knowledge of causal relationships revolves around the notion of whether or not one variable truly causes another. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Differences of Kant and Hume; Causation
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This 6 page paper looks at the problem of knowledge and the causal relationship. The paper considers the ideas of David Hume, which Immanuel Kant claimed awoke him from his "dogmatic slumber". The development of these ideas by Kant are then considered and compared to those of Hume with a discussion as to which may be seen as the most accurate. The bibliography cites 4 sources.
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The Essential Elements Of David Hume's Philosophy
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5 pages in length. The essential elements of David Hume's philosophy revolve around the notion of whether or not one variable truly causes another. Combined with his conjecture on free will and determinism, Hume's theory of causal relationships address the very nature of man's religious existence. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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David Hume: Skepticism, Understanding, and Resolution
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This 5 page report discusses the work of Scottish philosopher and writer David Hume (1711-1776) regarding and his skepticism related to the processes of human understanding. Those issues and doubts are presented, as well as how Hume resolves such doubts. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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John Locke's Representationalism on Human Perception to External Objects
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This 6 page research paper considers John Locke's representation regarding the perception of external objects, as analyzed in his 1690 treatise, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Specifically discussed is David Hume's criticism of Locke's conclusions in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748), his objections, and his stronger position concerning perception of external events, objects and causes. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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