Doubt, the possibility of refusing the spiritual essence in the hume philosophy

  • F Lazemi
Keywords: doubt, spiritual essence, impressions, imaginations, Hume.


Hume rises in a period of time that world was strongly influenced by growth of science. But, since this experience-oriented philosopher is affected by Barclay, he focuses on science experimental aspect a lot and believes that all human knowledge is derived from intuitive impression. He recourses to a general principle for creating this new base in human knowledge and includes that all human mental containers is made of impressions and imaginations and the provenance of them is intuitive experience. After issuing this general principle, Hume examines his beliefs for human knowledge like belief to the principle of causality, belief in spiritual essence1 and so on. He finally concluded that none of these beliefs do not come to the human
intuitive experience. So, the verdict to existence of these beliefs is invalid by  recourse to sense or sagacity. But when human treads into the field of action and routine, he/she cannot deny the existence of these beliefs. In this article we try to discuss about Hume skepticism and his definition of essence by referencing to the treatise about human nature book first, second, fifth, sixth seasons and sixth season forth chapter and the study of human understanding book first, second and third chapters of eighth and twelfth seasons; and demonstrate that Hume Cannot be a
full-blown skeptic even by denying spiritual essence.

Keywords: doubt, spiritual essence, impressions, imaginations, Hume.


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