David Hume 's Theory Of Cognitive Structure

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Of the many philosophers that we have covered in class, many have theorized as to what exactly constitutes knowing and the conditions which make knowing possible. One of these philosophers is David Hume who is his book An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, claims that reasoning cannot demonstrate that things in the world exist therefore, all we can really know are our sense perceptions. An obvious flaw that is seen with Hume’s philosophy is that he reduces all knowledge to sense perceptions gained from experience. As Hume’s theory is limited to sense perception, another philosopher by the name of Bernard Lonergan demonstrates how Hume’s theory is inadequate and makes the connection through his theory of cognitive structure.
To start off, Hume claimed that there are distinct differences between the perception of the mind and recalled memories that we have in our imagination. The recalled memory, in copies the perception in various ways. Hume makes certain that this past perception cannot possibly be recalled by the memory in its original state, in its exact state. He asserts that the mind can recall an event but will never achieve the vividness of the original perception.
Hume makes it clear that all contents of our mind are derived from the experiences that we encounter and are called perceptions. He finds it necessary to classify these sense perceptions. Hume classifies perceptions into two distinct categories. The first is a weaker kind of perception, which…

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