Hume’s law – misunderstanding?

What was Hume wrong about?

Hume’s problem is that we can’t. We cannot deductively prove that the future will be like the past. It is possible that things will be different than how they have been, and we can’t deductively prove something to be true if it’s possibly false.

What is Hume’s main argument?

Hume argues that an orderly universe does not necessarily prove the existence of God. Those who hold the opposing view claim that God is the creator of the universe and the source of the order and purpose we observe in it, which resemble the order and purpose we ourselves create.

What is Hume’s criticism?

Another argument that Hume presents, in criticism of the cosmological argument, concerns the assumption that an infinite series of causes and effects requires some explanation or cause for its existence.

Why does Hume argue that we have no knowledge of cause and effect?

Hume argues that we cannot conceive of any other connection between cause and effect, because there simply is no other impression to which our idea may be traced. This certitude is all that remains. For Hume, the necessary connection invoked by causation is nothing more than this certainty.

What is David Hume’s argument against the reality of the self?

Regarding the issue of personal identity, (1) Hume’s skeptical claim is that we have no experience of a simple, individual impression that we can call the self—where the “self” is the totality of a person’s conscious life.

What is Hume’s solution to the problem of doubt?

Hume’s Skeptical “Solution” to the Problem of Experiential Knowledge. A. Hume begins §V by defending a modest, or Academic, skepticism which enjoins us to be careful in our reasoning and suspend judgment on all matters that have not been established as true.

What is one of Hume’s criticisms of the design argument?

The core of Hume’s objection here is that the existence of an intelligent designer would require explanation every bit as much as the existence of the world does; so the design argument does not offer any real explanatory gain.

What is the problem with the design argument?

Weaknesses of the design argument

Complexity does not necessarily mean design. Even if we accept that the world was designed, it cannot be assumed that its designer is God. And if it were designed by God, then the existence of evil and suffering in the world would suggest the belief that God is entirely good is false.

What is Hume’s third objection?

Hume’s final objection is that even if we can use an argument like this to establish that the universe had an intelligent creator of some kind, the argument gives us no grounds for thinking that this creator has any of the attributes which we traditionally ascribe to God (infinity, perfection, goodness, etc.).

Does Hume believe in God?

I offer a reading of Hume’s writings on religion which preserves the many criticisms of established religion that he voiced, but also reveals that Hume believed in a genuine theism and a true religion. At the heart of this belief system is Hume’s affirmation that there is a god, although not a morally good.

What are matters of fact Hume?

In Hume, objects of knowledge are divided into matters of fact (roughly, empirical things known by means of impressions) and relations of ideas.

How does David Hume explain his idea about self does impression and idea the same Why or why not?


Hume thinks that each of our ideas is either copied from a simple impression (per the Copy Principle), or is built up entirely from simple ideas that are so copied. If our minds could not reproduce our simple impressions, by forming simple ideas copied from them, then we could not form any ideas at all.

What did David Hume believe about ideas?

He concluded that no theory of reality is possible; there can be no knowledge of anything beyond experience. Despite the enduring impact of his theory of knowledge, Hume seems to have considered himself chiefly as a moralist.

How does Hume distinguish between reason and taste?

Hume regards this “immediacy” of taste as entirely compatible with the influence of intellectual and imaginative faculties. Taste is immediate and spontaneous, yet the application of “good sense” and “reason” improves it (SOT, 277). Taste is not improved by reasoning from a priori normative principles.

How does Hume distinguish between impressions and ideas?

Hume draws a distinction between impressions and thoughts or ideas (for the sake of consistency, we will refer only to “ideas” from here on). Impressions are lively and vivid perceptions, while ideas are drawn from memory or the imagination and are thus less lively and vivid.

What is the only thing Hume claims is beyond the power of thought?

What never was seen, or heard of, may yet be conceived; nor is any thing beyond the power of thought, except what implies an absolute contradiction.

What is one thing that Hume says distinguishes the things we attribute continued existence to from those that we think only persist as long as we are having perceptions?

After a little examination we will find that all objects to which we attribute a continued existence have a peculiar constancy which distinguishes them from the impressions, whose existence depends on our perception. This constancy, however, is not so perfect as not to have exceptions.

Does Hume agree on free will?

It is widely accepted that David Hume’s contribution to the free will debate is one of the most influential statements of the “compatibilist” position, where this is understood as the view that human freedom and moral responsibility can be reconciled with (causal) determinism.

What is the argument against free will?

This article is adapted from Mark Balaguer’s book “Free Will,” an MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series title. The older argument against free will is based on the assumption that determinism is true. Determinism is the view that every physical event is completely caused by prior events together with the laws of nature.

What is Hume’s moral theory?

Hume’s Moral Sense Theory. Hume claims that if reason is not responsible for our ability to distinguish moral goodness from badness, then there must be some other capacity of human beings that enables us to make moral distinctions (T 3.1. 1.4).

Is Hume a determinist?

As noted earlier, Hume has traditionally been considered a paradigm ‘soft determinist,’ whose ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ should be understood [End Page 623] accordingly.

What is necessity Hume?

What Hume calls ‘the doctrine of necessity’ is the Principle of Determinism, according to which all events (including all human actions) are entirely the result of prior causes.

How does Hume understand the relationship between liberty and necessity?

In his work, Hume views liberty as the work not to act or act in accordance with the determination of what he calls the will. On the other hand, Hume defines the concept of necessity as the kind of uniformity observed in the unique operations and processes in nature (Hume 35).