Hume and Knowledge Creation

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Hume and knowledge creation The dominant work by Hume was his A Treatise of Human Nature, in this work he attempted to construct a "science of man" that contrasted with the ideas of Descartes and other enlightenment thinkers. The pillar of Hume's divergence was anchoring knowledge in empiricism rather than rationality. Hume argued that desire instead of rationality was the foundation of human nature. This essential departure from his peers is important to understanding the work of Hume. In this essay the contribution of Hume to knowledge creation would be briefly discussed and excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature used to support the arguments made in his work. The idea of empirical knowledge differs sharply from other forms of knowledge not only in content but more in logic. Empirical knowledge tends to be created using deductive reasoning rather than inductive reasoning. In fact much of the scientific methodology depends heavily on deductive reasoning and quantitative methodology for knowledge construction. It is at this point an important contribution of Hume is noted. Hume with strong logic addresses the "problem of induction" and thus gives life to deduction (Burton 1846). Hume examines the challenges with human reasoning when he considers the problem with induction. The inductive problem is derived from the mechanisms through which a specific type of knowledge is created. With inductive reasoning the present behavior of objects are used to project future
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