David Hume's Philosophy

897 Words Feb 24th, 2018 4 Pages
David Hume’s philosophy has essentially argued the exact opposite of what most humans believe about their own thoughts and ideas. Hume makes a distinction between impressions and ideas, where impressions are lively and vivid, while ideas are from memory making them less lively and vivid. David Hume’s argument is that we have no innate ideas rather our ideas come from us reflecting upon our impressions, while Hume does bring up one objection I think that his objection can be argued against, thus making Hume’s argument more plausible. Hume characterizes impressions as our lively perceptions, he says that these perceptions are what we feel, see, hear, taste, smell or even emotions like love, and hate. Our ideas are only our reflection on these impressions, meaning they are less lively and vivid. “A man in a fit of anger, is actuated in a very different manner from one who only thinks of that emotion.”(p.10) This follows Hume’s argument because while the man who is in the fit of anger is feeling that emotion at that point, the person looking on can only compare the feeling of anger that the other person is feeling to a time that they felt anger. The person looking on is only reflecting on the feeling of anger that they have felt before, they are not actually feeling or experiencing any anger like the other person. Hume claims that when…
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