A Treatise of Human Nature Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What idea does Hume bring in to distinguish between knowledge and probability?

2. What does Hume say he will use to discuss passion instead of physiology?

3. What does Hume say takes precedence over ideas?

4. What are the two ways in which Hume says one can exist?

5. What is Hume's second tool of philosophical inquiry?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Hume say the mind can be dishonest?

2. In terms of philosophy what is empiricism?

3. Why does Hume think we love the rich and admire only people we know?

4. What does Hume say are simple perceptions?

5. What is the razor principle?

6. What argument did Malezieu propose in terms of space and time?

7. What is contiguity within the context of cause and effect?

8. What does Hume think are the two ways objects can exist?

9. How does Hume define passions?

10. How does Hume divide the different kinds of philosophical relations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Summarize each of the three books and answer the following questions.

1. What are the main arguments in each of the three books?

2. How does does each of the three books contribute to the overall argument?

Essay Topic 2

Define the following philosophical terms and describe why they are so important in understanding Hume's Treatise.

1. Empiricism.

2. Skepticism.

3. Impressions.

4. Cause and effect.

Essay Topic 3

In what way did Hume's ideas go against 18th century values? How did Hume try to win over the critics?

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