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Hume's Judgments of Causality
A look at David Hume's judgments of causality.
# 130519 | 1,750 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper discusses David Hume's theory of knowledge to describe how and why we make judgments of causality according to his thought. The writer discusses that Hume, who devoted his whole life to epistemology, the nature of knowledge, its foundations, scope, and [especially] its validity, was the most extreme proponent of this empiricist theory principally because of his philosophy of causality that sought to destroy the old a priori metaphysics of innate ideas including "the more speculative metaphysical views" of Rene Descartes. The writer analyzes Hume's beliefs, taking into consideration theories and views of other philosophers.

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"David Hume (1711-1776) was the last and perhaps most controversially influential of "the three most famous British Empiricists of the eighteenth century" [John Locke 1632-1704, and George Berkeley (1685-1753](Flage 1). Although Hume's ideas had great impact on Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, and Charles Darwin, the concept of empiricism can be traced back at least to Protagoras of Abdera, a fifth century Greek Sophist, who propounded the radical relativism that "Of all things the measure is man, of the things that are, that {or'how'] they are, and of things that [or 'how'] they are not" (Poster 4). Protagoras' taught that judgment of qualities, as abstractions like truth, are subjective, relative only to the individual observer. This, of course, is the basis of empiricism, the philosophy that all knowledge is derived from the experiences of the senses."

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