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Rene Descartes and David Hume

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Vanessa Medeiros

on 5 June 2011

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Transcript of Rene Descartes and David Hume

The Epistomology of
Rene Descartes and David Hume What is epistemology? is the study of knowledge and justified belief What are sources of knowledge? What can be true? What can be proven? Rene Descartes "I think therefore I am" René Descartes was born on March 31, 1596 His father and family were well off in society Descartes began his philosophical career by playing the role of a sceptic He wanted to clear the table of everything he already knew In order to find out what was true he came to the conclusion that the
only thing that he could in fact know for certain was that he was certain that he was thinking Therefore... David Hume Was born on April 26, 1711 in Edinburgh, Scotland His parents were both
involved in law His father
had past away when he was still a child Was born on April 26, 1711 in Edinburgh, Scotland David Hume His parents were both
involved in law His father
had past away when he was still a child At age 13 he attended university in Edinburgh He had graduated with a
degree in Law but had wanted to pursue a career in philosophy David Hume like Rene
Descartes had doubted the sources of human knowledge he however did not agree with the
majority of the views developed by Rene Descartes David Hume David Hume Rene Descartes David Hume Ideas the mind was a receiver whatever the mind had saw or had passed through it, would then become an accepted idea example if a person saw a tree in the distance, that would be considered an idea embedded in the mind. believed that there is no possible way of arriving at the idea with our senses “Bundle Theory” there is no actual object or idea only the properties How can Knowledge be Certain? Rene Descartes David Hume could not be based on
probability if we can prove something without a doubt that it will happen
ever time, then it is certain certainty was the basis of human knowledge and that he had a method for
attaining certainty just because something happened in the past doesn’t mean we can assume it will happen again If you drop a ball and it bounces back you can’t assume that that is what will always happen Thank You
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