David Hume's First Impression Analysis

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Hume believes that we get our ideas from the impressions that we experience. Impressions are things that we detect with our senses and feelings, and then gain knowledge and experience from. Matters of fact are common truths that we learn from the most. Matters of fact are things that can be noticed to be distinctly different from another, when there is another object that can oppose it. For example a triangle is not a square, and never will be, because a triangle always has three sides and a square always has four. And through these impressions we gain ideas, and with these and a better understanding and trust into causation, will help us anticipate similar future occurrences. This is what Hume calls a necessary connection. A necessary connection…show more content…
Our ideas that we receive are not always unique from one another, and that’s where resemblance comes in. Because, Hume says we can only receive ideas from past or similar ideas, and only if our senses can experience it through the impressions it receives. And an example of resemblance that Hume uses, is a copy of a painting, and when someone sees the copy of the painting, and they know it to be a copy, and they have seen the original before, they naturally think of the original one, to narrow down the origination and find out the impression of where the idea for this painting came from. Contiguity is another way our ideas are connected, the example Hume uses, is an apartment, when an apartment is mentioned it is natural to assume that there are more apartments, connected to it. For the cause and effect and how it connects with our ideas, is when someone gets a cut, they automatically know that there is going to be pain to follow soon after, which is due to a person feeling pain before in a similar situation, and even if it was not a cut, they still assume that they will experience pain, based on previous experiences. Cause and effect can only be discovered through our experiences and us gaining knowledge of the cause and its definite effect to come. Not all ideas have to be experienced before hand, we can use our previous ideas and see a resemblance and just…show more content…
And also to avoid entertaining things and obscure truths. Hume's way of how life is meant to be lived, is for us to continuously gain knowledge and push our limits for knowledge, and to be able to identify what impressions our ideas came from to further our understanding of

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