I need support with this Philosophy question so I can learn better.
1. According to Hume what is the origin of ideas?
2. What does Hume mean by the “Association” of ideas?
3. What are some of the ways in which Hume is sceptical about human knowledge?
4. Finally what does Hume mean by “necessary connexion”? Does he believe we can have knowledge of such connections?
5.Hume is one of the more difficult readings we’ve covered in this class. So let’s see if y’all can help each other figure out what Hume is saying in this passage.
When a man says, “I have found, in all past instances, such sensible qualities conjoined with such secret powers,” and when he says, “Similar sensible qualities will always be conjoined with similar secret powers,” he is not guilty of a tautology, nor are these propositions in any respect the same. You say that the one proposition is an inference from the other. But you must confess that the inference is not intuitive, neither is it demonstrative. Of what nature is it, then? To say it is experimental, is begging the question. For all inferences from experience suppose, as their foundation, that the future will resemble the past, and that similar powers will be conjoined with similar sensible qualities. If there be any suspicion that the course of nature may change, and that the past may be no rule for the future. all experience becomes useless, and can give rise to no inference or conclusion.
This is related to an idea called “The Problem of Induction”. Here’s a quick video that might help you.