Hume defines perception as any content of the mind of which we are conscious. He defines an impression as type of perception which involves actual experience i.e. hearing, seeing, or feeling. Thirdly he defines an idea as another form of perception of the mind which involves thinking of something instead of actually (first hand) experiencing it. From these definitions he argues that: (1) All ideas are derived from impressions and impressions only. (2) The idea o...
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...on a more abstract level. If the idea of the self is somehow able to exists in a potentially altered version of Hume’s epistemology that accounts for what is known, now, about the subconscious synthetization of ideas, It could function in the deflection of such claims as the soul and god but could hold an idea of identity that could not be conflated with the two because it still must rely on experience. If Hume’s epistemology included the subconscious and it and be argued that from the subconscious ideas can form behaviorally from our impressions, our illusion of self could stand as an idea within Hume’s vision of the mind. This would circumvent many problems that are created when there is no justification for the self. Ideas such as guilt, punishment, and whether or not your life can have meaning are not necessarily uprooted by Hume’s analysis of how the mind works.
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