Term Paper: Descartes and Humes

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This is a term paper on Descartes and David Hume. David Hume is one of these empiricists.  Hume was a scientist and an atheist; his career and beliefs disallowed him from holding innate thoughts to be a valid basis for knowledge.

Descartes considers, about the contents of our own minds, but all our thinking about the outer world are at least at first subject to reservation. Our information about the external world comes to us through our senses, which at times tricks us; but if our senses are sometimes flawed, then they could be mistaken on any occurrence, and so all beliefs which we arrive at by their resources must be doubted.

Descartes wants absolute knowledge as well as truth and relies on his proof of the subsistence of God, Descartes’ philosophy has influenced many people and his thoughts have been contemplate over for over 300 years which makes them easier to criticize.

The empiricists, however, do not think in natural light and therefore do not hold facts to be resultant from these innate ideas.  David Hume is one of these empiricists.  Hume was a scientist and an atheist; his career and beliefs disallowed him from holding innate thoughts to be a valid basis for knowledge.  In An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume points out a hierarchy that subsist among ideas and impressions.[1] Hume also establishes that for all of his ideas he can trace them back to impressions, those for things which he has not had impersonation of he cannot have an idea.


[1] “the most lively thought is still inferior to the most lively impression”

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