Hume's Problem Of Induction

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I do not believe that my beliefs are threatened by Hume’s Problem of Induction. Hume’s Problem of Induction states that a universal law of cause and effect doesn’t exist and the reason alone is unable to discover the ultimate connection from finite sources. Whilst I agree with Hume that proof of knowledge is difficult to ascertain from a basis of a finite foundation, this does not necessarily impair my beliefs. As the ideology behind the Problem of Induction originated from Hume, as will the definition of a belief. Per Hume’s text, “A Treatise on Human Nature,” a belief exists as a lively idea associated with present perceptions. Further explained, an idea is a perception of the mind derived from thinking of something rather than first-hand experience, and a perception, as understood, is the content of the mind, of which, we are conscious of. By defining the terms as Hume would, supporting the foundations of my belief also targets the Problem of Induction.…show more content…
The reason induction originated as a concept of reasoning did not come from its ability to result in proofs, but the usefulness in predicting future occurrences which it allows. As an example of this principle, we can bring into the light the supposed laws of nature which provide constants to our physical world. For any number of the infinite reasons at any instantaneous point of time exceptions to the laws of nature can emerge. Due to this fact, and the fact that the laws of nature are based on a finite number of circumstances of which permanence is assumed, laws of nature cannot be fully proven. However, without the human assumption of the existence of laws of nature, the progress of science would be halted. The laws of nature serve as an exceptional example of how even without a definite proof, inductive reasoning enables leaps in knowledge and
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