Hume's Conflict between Causal Reasoning and Existence of External Objects

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Hume Conflict between Causal Reasoning and Existence of External Objects In this essay I will be discussing a very important conflict that Hume reflects in the conclusion of Book I, A Treatise of Human Nature. The thesis of this essay is to analyze the "conflict" between causal reasoning and the continued existence of external objects. Now, to be more specific I should say that I am inclining on Hume's side about the conflict being real for same thing cannot exist at one time and again at a later time, and also in between or at the same time. To summarize the conflict presented, it basically involves cause and effect, yielding the primary/secondary quality distinction and continued existence of matter depending on secondary qualities. Further, there is an argument for the claim that causal reasoning is of fundamental importance for our knowledge of matters of fact, although the conflict is still a problem. I will argue firmly that the conflict is real by providing several statements that show not in its favor, but against it, and contrary them. These statements will form the basis of discussion of this essay, and at the same time, focusing on the relevancy, that being the thesis. DISCUSSION In my opinion, many infirmities are shared by all humans. A quick summary of the situation is that we can only assent due to the feeling of "a strong propensity to consider objects strongly in that view, under which they appear to me."(1.4.7, 3) It seems as though experience and habit are principles that operate on the imagination to produce stronger reactions than others. We even need this to consider what is present to our senses as objects, and the succession of perceptions themselves. Otherwise we are stuck in the present, without ... ... middle of paper ... ...l, but since causal reasoning is a fundamental importanace for our knowledge of matters of fact, we cannot simply ignore it. If we must have both, causal reasoning and continued existence of external objects, then we must agree with this conflict, since it is present. Hume is satisfied with the complex account of how a succession of errors leads to the belief in external objects, and I agree with him. I believe we can give in to the propensity to assertion of particular points at particular instants. We may even use such strong language as "'tis evident, 'tis certain, 'tis undeniable ." (1.4.7, 15), but in my opinion they are just sentiments, not dogmatism. Hume, and not only him, but my own understanding has ceartinly persuaded me in believing he is correct, the conflict exists. Bibliography: Hume: A treatise Of Human Nature Internet: Various Sites

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