The Perception Of The Mind And The Memories Of Sensations Essay

759 Words Apr 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Everyone will agree that there is a noticeable difference between the perceptions of the mind and the memories of sensations. David Hume recognises these differences, and divides the mental contents into two classes or species known as ideas and impressions. Hume uses the ‘Copy Principle’ which stated that ideas are copies of impressions to suggest the possibilities that every idea is derived from an impression. His principle is an attempt to explain how we form the beliefs about the world. Even though there is one contradictory phenomenon to his theory, in which Hume ignored as something insignificant, his claim is wildly accepted by many philosophers. By analysing section 2 of David Hume’s “Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding”, we are able to understand what Hume means by ideas and impression, while at the closely examine Hume’s ‘Copy Principle’.

David Hume recognises that all the contents of the mind can be distinguished into impressions and ideas, in which they differ only in force and vivacity. Impression which occurs when we experience sensation on one hand is vivid and lively. Ideas on the other hand, are less lively perceptions and are often appear from the reflection of our sensations. Impressions on some circumstances such as under the influence of disease or madness can be easily mistaken for ideas, and ideas are often mistaken as equivalent to impressions, because these perceptions have become undistinguishable. Hume argues that new complex ideas are derived…

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