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If Descartes is the father of modern philosophy, Hume is the person who gave shape to the contemporary philosophical world. First by querying Descartes' theories about knowledge, and then developing his own modest account of knowledge, and later his theories of ethics and aesthetics.

Inter-Species Sympathy/Empathy

According to Hume, many nonhuman animals (or beings whom he sometimes calls 'sensible creatures') are analogous to human beings in respects of the bod...
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‘Sympathy’ (or what is now often called ‘empathy’) is in Hume’s view a complex mechanism of the human mind which relies on the combined operation of t...
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What Can we Know?

According to Hume, all the objects of human inquiry and knowledge can be divided into two kinds (and only two kinds). They are 'relations of idea' on ...
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Association of Ideas

What Hume calls the ‘association of ideas’ is a fundamental operating ‘principle’ (i.e. mechanism) of the human mind. The principle operates by resemb...
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Impressions and Ideas

Hume divides all 'perceptions' (i.e. experiences) into 'impressions' and 'ideas'. This theory device gives him a more finely grained account of the op...
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Moral Foundations

If Hume is right in arguing that reason alone is not sufficient to generate moral judgements that distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, ...
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Moral Motivations

According to Hume, reason alone can never determine the distinction between moral good and evil. We can never find out whether an act is morally right...
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Reason vs Passion

Hume has said some very provocative things about the roles of, and the relations between, reasons and passions. "We speak not strictly and philosophic...
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