Hume: Men of Delicate Taste

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“THOUGH men of delicate taste are rare, they are easily to be distinguished in society, by the soundness of their understanding and the superiority of their faculties above the rest of mankind.” (Diss. IV) #Hume

Hume, David, Four Dissertations. London 1757.

Hume: History of Religion

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“As far as writing or history reaches, mankind, in antient times, appear universally to have been polytheists.” (Diss. I, §1) #Hume #religion #polytheist

Hume, David, Four Dissertations. London 1757.

James: Empiricism

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“Now, ordinary empiricism, in spite of the fact that conjunctive and disjunctive relations present themselves as being fully co-ordinate parts of experience, has always shown a tendency to do away with the connections of things, and to insist most on the disjunctions. Berkeley’s nominalism, Hume’s statement that whatever things we distinguish are as ‘loose and separate’ as if they had ‘no manner of connection.’ James Mill’s denial that similars have anything ‘really’ in common, the resolution of the causal tie into habitual sequence, John Mill’s account of both physical things and selves as composed of discontinuous possibilities, and the general pulverization of all Experience by association and the mind-dust theory, are examples of what I mean.” (p. 38) #James #empiricism #experience #Berkeley #Hume #Mill

James, William, Essays in Radical Empiricism and A Pluralistic Universe in one volume. New York: Longmans, Green and Co, 1943.

Hume: Connexion Among Ideas

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“To me, there appear to be only three principles of connexion among ideas, namely, Resemblance, Contiguity in time or place, and Cause or Effect.” (p. 31) #Hume ConnexionAmongIdeas #Resemblance #Contiguity #Cause #Effect

Hume, David, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 21902.

Hume: Euclid

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“Though there never were a circle or triangle in nature, the truths demonstrated by Euclid would for ever retain their certainty and evidence.” (p. 33) #Hume #Euclid

Hume, David, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 21902.