Current research emphasizes his debt to Cicero, Descartes, and Boyle. Hume saw the disputes of philosophers as centred upon the conflicting roles of reason and instinct or sentiment, and tried to define these roles for metaphysics in Book I of the Treatise and for the.
Nevertheless, how many instances are there, well attested, of men, in every other respect perfectly discreet, who, without remorse, rage, or despair, have quitted life for no other reason than because it was a burden to them, and have died with more composure than they.
DAVID HUME, The History of England A wise man. proportions his belief to the evidence. DAVID HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury; because such taxes are least felt by the people.
He argued that reason has insufficient data in experience to form adequate ideas of the external world, distance, bodily identity, causality, the self, and other minds, and that any beliefs we form about these must fall short of knowledge.
He agreed with Locke, against Descartes, that there are no innate ideas, and that all the data of reason stem from experience, and derived from Descartes the thesis that whatever may be conceived distinctly may be distinct.
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