Essay on David Hume Recognizes Two Kinds Of Human Reason

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David Hume recognizes two kinds of human reason which are the relations of ideas and the matters of fact. The relations of ideas encompasses aspects that are either intuitively of demonstratively certain such s the sciences of geometry, arithmetic, and even algebra. For example, it is easy to demonstrate that the square of a hypotenuse equals the two sides in that the suggestion expresses a form of relation between the figures. Moreover, by saying that a multiplication of three and five equals the half of thirty, is an expression of a form of relation between the numbers involved (Lipton, 32-37). The propositions of the relation of ideas are discoverable by the operation of the human thought without depending on what may be existing anywhere else in the universe. For instance, even if there was never a triangle or a circle existing in the world before, the demonstration by Euclid on the ideas made it sure that they exist.
The second kind of human reason is matters of fact that are not necessarily demonstrated and hence cannot be ascertained in the same manner as the relations of ideas. The matters of fact are conceived by the mind and can never be subject to a contradiction since the mind conceives them with similar distinctness and facility. For example, a matter of fact that a human being needs to breathe to live is a fact that even an attempt to demonstrate otherwise is futile. The fact that its falsehood cannot be proved is an indication that it could never lead to a…

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