Hume - Skepticism

Topics: Epistemology, Cognition, Uncertainty Pages: 2 (481 words) Published: January 9, 2013
Of the five topics we covered through this assignment, the one topic I feel that the topic of Hume and Skepticism best answers questions of Epistemology. Hume’s ideas are much like connecting what we experience to our senses. He says that the contents of the mind are senses and experiences. We receive impressions from our senses such as colour, emotions, what we feel, hate, love, etc. Our ideas are what we reflect on from our impressions. Ideas are copies of impressions. We can only receive genuine knowledge from our outer senses and inner senses. Hume said that we should have insight into our ideas by questioning which impressions they have been derived from (Skepticism). The idea also states that the idea of casual connection is not derived from any sense impression; it doesn’t exist in the real world. Impressions provide no basis for us to be able to say there is anything beyond them. I feel this is the most helpful in answering the above questions because to me this makes the most sense. Like for instance, what is knowledge and truth? Well I know that only what I perceive is what I learn from. For example, I could be sitting in class and whatever impressions I get and ideas I get from it, it my own true source of knowledge and truth. How do we learn? We learn from our senses and impressions. Just like the saying “we learn from our mistakes,” we take those impressions and we correct them. That is just one example from how this theory justifies how we learn. How can we know with absolute certainty? Well, you cannot know anything with absolute certainty. That’s the thing with Hume’s theory. You never know because you must stay skeptic. Question everything because nothing can be for certain. It can only be certain to you. A theory I found most confusing was Descartes theory with innate ideas. What I am unclear about it is that how can you obtain these ideas from birth when you have developed little to no skills as well as little to no communication skills. These...
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