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An Analysis of Hume's Philosophy
Examining the philosophies of David Hume and how he divided and categorized his thoughts into clear sections.
# 25097 | 1,009 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Philosophy (History - 18th Century)

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This paper examines how Hume made a very clear distinction throughout his work between impressions and ideas. He divided all thoughts into one of these two categories, force and vivacity. It explains how he then investigated which thoughts "are distinguished by their different degrees of force and vivacity." This distinction was then used to further classify his concepts. The classifications are the focus of the paper.

From the Paper:

"He used the term "Ideas" for perceptions that he considered "less forcible and lively." He then created the term "Impressions" to mean the strongest and most lively form of perceptions. The ideas were the "copies of our impressions." In other words, any thinking about an experience, or impression, is an idea. The difference between these two is important since all of human thought, to Hume, apparently consists only of one or the other of these two categories. In addition, Hume's thoughts on the existence of God and all his further discussions on the nature of thought and belief also depend on this distinction."

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