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Ideas According to Hume
An analysis of philosopher David Hume's views on idea and impressions.
# 23398 | 1,475 words | 3 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2003 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (History)

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This paper discusses the philosophy of David Hume concerning ideas and impressions as set out in section II of his of work "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding." According to Hume, impressions are more "forcible and lively," while ideas and thoughts that come from memory are less so. The paper shows how Hume's philosophy was influenced by others, such Plato and Descartes.

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"Another philosopher who suffers a massive fallout from this is Descartes. In the third Meditation, Descartes argues that there are three sources for ideas. Ideas can be innate, adventitious (coming from outside of us, through our perceptions) or they can be invented by us, like imaginary creature like gargoyles or unicorns. To make a very long argument short, Descartes asserts that sensible qualities like color, sound, smell, taste, heat, and cold are only perceived by people in an obscure way. our senses deceive us and they cannot be trusted. God is a substance that is infinite, eternal, immutable, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both self and everything else. Descartes believes, therefore, that the idea of God is more objectively real than he is because God is infinite and he is only finite. In short, Descartes believes that the idea of God cannot have originated in himself, but that God must be the cause of the idea and must therefore necessarily exist."

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