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  1. Who is said to stand out as the most important of the empiricists? He is also significant for what else?
  2. He begins by establishing what regarding perceptions?
  3. What did Hume think of thoughts and ideas that could not be traced back to sense perception?
  4. What does Hume claim about our experience of the law of gravity?
  5. On what does Hume concentrate when he discussed the force of habit? What did Hume claim about the relationship of descriptive, "is" sentences and normative "ought" sentences?
  6. Of what is acting responsible a matter, according to Hume?

Comments (3)

Mark P said

at 12:18 pm on May 1, 2009

Okay, here I am again. Same deal as last time. I answer, you fill in the blanks.
4. Hume said that our experience of the law of gravity is based on not of seeing gravity itself, but seeing things act in a similar manner over several years and countless occasions. Gaarder uses the metaphor of a child not being surprised at a magic show, since it does not fully understand at that age, that everything should fall.

6. Acting responsible is not a matter of strengthening our reason but of deepening our feeling of welfare towards others. - Paraphrased directly from the text.

Dylan Burnham said

at 12:54 pm on May 1, 2009

1) hume stands out asthe most important of the empiricists, he is significant for influencing immanuel Kant on his journey

3) he thought that all thoughts and ideas that could not be traced back to sense perception were neamingless nonsense which dominated metaphysical thought and brought it into disrepute

Zubie said

at 2:49 pm on May 3, 2009

i am just going to do the ones that the guys could not get (that is if i get them...)

2. Hume begins by establishing that man has two different types of perceptions: impressions and ideas. By impressions he means the immediate sensation of external reality. By ideas he means the recollection (remembering) of such impressions.

5. Hume concentrated on the "law of causation". This law establishes that everything that happens must have a cause. Hume said that you cn never draw conclusions from "is" sentences to "ought" sentences.

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