A Treatise of Human Nature Test | Final 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 is Hume's argument against religion's view on free will?

2. Why does Hume say we admire the rich and the powerful?

3. What passion does Hume say malice is like?

4. What does Hume want to know about individuals in this section?

5. Of what does virtue give us the impression?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hume claim that actions are not the result of passions?

2. When do moral pleasures and pains occur?

3. How does Hume use murder as an example of morals?

4. Why does Hume reject all other moral theories?

5. How does Hume define love and hatred?

6. Summarize Book Two.

7. What point is Hume making by using the murder example?

8. How does Hume define artificial virtues?

9. How does Hume define natural virtues?

10. Why does Hume think there is no free will in religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are passions connected with morality? Why does Hume think passions connected with morality can cause dishonesty? What effect can this dishonesty have on society?

Essay Topic 2

What are Hume's thoughts on space and time and do they relate to his overall argument? What are the arguments against Hume's ideas on space and time?

Essay Topic 3

What does Hume think of metaphysics and religion and why does he hold that opinion? In what way could Hume's ideas be seen as an argument against religious belief?

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