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David Owen explores Hume's account of cause and its function in human realizing, noticeable within the context of alternative extraordinary money owed by means of philosophers of the early smooth interval. Owen deals new interpretations of a lot of Hume's most renowned arguments, approximately demonstration and the relation of principles, induction, trust, and scepticism. Hume's cause should be illuminating not only to historians of recent philosophy yet to all philosophers who're considering the workings of human cognition.


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Simpler truths are more likely to be self-evident than complex ones. But more importantly, intuition is a phenomologically simpler operation of the mind. It requires no process of reasoning but ‘is the indubitable conception of a clear and attentive mind which proceeds solely from the light of reason’ (Rules 3, p. 14). It is as if reason, or the intellect, illuminates such truths, so that if only we pay attention we will just see them to be true. But deduction or reasoning is more complex in that it involves a continuous and uninterrupted movement of thought .

There is something for ideas of magnitude to be about; they will apply to bodies, in virtue of bodies being essentially extended. But there is nothing comparable in the Rules. The imagination is needed to provide us with ideas such as ‘the real extension of a body considered in abstraction’ (Rules 14, p. 276). Descartes here speaks of ‘the intellect aided by images depicted in the imagination’. The intellect alone may perceive truth, but if it ‘proposes to examine something which can be referred to the body, 44 I am here indebted to correspondence with Michael Ayers.

Consider Locke's example of demonstrative reasoning at IV. ii. 2. One wants ‘to know the Agreement or Disagreement in bigness between the 59 In general, by ‘proof ’ Locke means that which permits us to be aware that two ideas stand in the relevant relationship of agreement or disagreement, when that awareness is not immediate. In demonstrative reasoning, proofs are intermediate ideas, where each pair of adjacent ideas in the chain are, by intuition, immediately perceived to agree or disagree in the relevant way.

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