Wherein, therefore, consists the difference between such a fiction and belief? It lies not merely in any peculiar idea, which is annexed to such a conception as commands our assent, and which is wanting to every known fiction. For as the mind has authority over all its ideas, it could voluntarily annex this particular idea to any fiction, and consequently be able to believe whatever it pleases; contrary to what we find by daily experience.From this Hume argued that logic operated within the greater bias or belief system that the individual subscribed to, taking a legalistic view, and through this could explain the diversity within individuality on a common pattern. Nevertheless, this pessimistic view of human nature posited by Hume in many ways fueled greater skepticism in academic inquiry and English society at large, which evolved through generations of followers to become represented in the modern era as a type of cynicism.From this, Hume establishes a moral weighting of knowledge that values the empirical over the abstract by nature, in that abstract thoughts and ideas are considered “weaker” than empirically derived impressions which are both “strong & vivid.” Despite the fact that Hume cites no documentation or evidence in his works from which this division is derived or articulating on what base it is founded, the sentiment was taken by the greater scientific community as an expression of their common philosophy, rather than rigorously testing it through epistemology to determine whether or not the method of reasoning was valid. Remembering the proto-psychological understanding Hume is introducing into English society through his writing, we see that scientific inquiry into the. Philosophy.
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