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  • Same Questions As Hume About Natural Theology
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    "I was from the beginning scandalized, I must own, with this resemblance between the Deity and human creatures". -Philo David Hume wrote much about the subject of religion, much of it negative. In this paper we shall attempt to follow Hume's arguments against Deism as Someone knowable from the wake He allegedly makes as He passes. This kind of Deism he lays to rest. Then, digging deeper, we shall try our hand at a critique of his critique of religion, of resurrecting a natural belief in God. Fin...
  • Certain Effect To The Premise
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    Hume: Matters of fact and relation of idea's In David Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, he attempts, by way of empiricism, to uncover the basis for knowledge and reasoning. Hume deals with the principle of induction, and his views on synthetic and analytic truths. Take his favourite example: his belief that the sun will rise tomorrow. Clearly, this is a matter of fact; it rests on our conviction that each sunrise is an effect caused by the rotation of the earth. But our belief in th...
  • Hume's Argument Against Miracles
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    TREATMENT OF MIRACLES DAVID HUME AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING Miracles are upheld by subjective sense perceptions of past experiences. They are described from the standpoint of an individual's own reality, and perhaps influenced by religious beliefs. In the strict sense a miracle could be described as a violation of nature caused by a supernatural power. In the loose sense it could be described as any wonderful and surprising event that makes us feel glad and grateful. Hume is most ...
  • Design Argument
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    Hume's criticism in regard to the Design Argument, although complex, can be summarized quite simply. It is first important to understand the main elements of the Design Argument. Hume's theory in opposition to that of the Design Argument contests the suggestion that the simple things in the universe must be compared with the greater to appreciate their complexity as a component of the system of the universe. Additionally, Hume considers the introduction of a greater being, such as God, to be irr...
  • Complexity And Functionality Of A Watch
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    Hume's counter-analogy does not succeed in undermining Paley's argument from design. Paley clearly explains to his reader that humans are so complicated that we must have been made by a designer. Hume argues that since the universe is not a human art, and is more like an animal, it does not need a designer. Paley argues that the complexity and functionality of a watch clearly shows that it was made by a designer. Animals are also complex and functional, therefore, Hume does not change the argume...
  • Kant A Skeptic
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    The Central Pragmatics of Kant's Synthetic Device: Why Hume Didn't have a chance Scottish Skeptic David Hume inspired Immanuel Kant, of the East Prussian town of Konigsberg, to awaken from his dogmatic slumbers, thought to be the sleep of the most adequate reason. David Hume wrote his first book, A Treatise of Human Nature, in native Britain proposing that all knowledge is based on individual experience or habit and that our morality is subject only to our emotions. This shook Kant's "manifold" ...
  • Hume's Assumption About Reason
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    An Enquiry Concerning David Hume's Misunderstandin Essay, An Enquiry Concerning David Hume's Misunderstandin An Enquiry Concerning David Hume's Misunderstanding -David Hume 1. Introduction Remarkably, it is possible to sum up David Hume's vital assumptions about reasoning in a single proposition: Reason does NOTHING except locate the presence or absence of contradictions. This paper will attempt three tasks: first, to show the textual support for my interpretation; second, to explain how Hume's ...

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