David Hume 's Theory Of Philosophy Essay

764 Words Jun 7th, 2016 4 Pages
“What is the self?” has been and argument that many philosophers have attempted to answer. For David Hume there was no true answer because for him the self simply does not exist. Hume took an unprecedented approach to the self, but he did not stop there. Hume, the historian, told the tale of how we arrive at the idea of the self with major implications of how we as beings function.
David Hume was a philosopher concerned understanding humans and how we derive information and knowledge. He was one of the first to try to develop a theory of philosophy of mind, and he especially focused on personal identity. Hume believed that self was just a fiction that we have created to describe our impression and perception (526). In order to make it more clear, we have to go Hume’s problem of induction. Hume focuses in on cause and effect in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. He succinctly states “…That causes and effect are discoverable, not by reason but by experience…”(543). Because human rely so much on cause and effect Hume was interested in seeing if cause and effect could be counted as true knowledge. However, a lot of times we use cause and effect to predict of infer. For Hume this is an unjustified form of knowledge. For instance, if I were to see dark clouds gathering, I can infer from experience that it is probably going to rain. The problem is that when dark clouds gather it doesn’t always rain although most of the time it does. The problem of induction is…

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