"An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" Discussion Questions

David Hume
  1. According to Hume, what are the two sorts of perceptions of the mind?
  2. What are Hume’s three principles of connection between ideas?
  3. Hume thinks that we don’t discover the idea of necessary connection from our senses. Why?
  4. Does Hume’s skepticism raise worries about the validity of science? Why or why not?
  5. Hume dismisses his “shade of blue” example, from section II, as a counterexample to his claim that all ideas derive from impressions. Do you think this is fair? Why or why not? How might taking this example seriously affect Hume’s later conclusion?
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