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 passion does Hume say pity is like?

2. Hume says religious people focus on what?

3. On what two impressions does Hume say moral distinctions are based?

4. What is Hume's general goal in his treatise?

5. Which of the following is a disposition involved with the passions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hume mean when he says one cannot derive an ought from an is?

2. How does love and hatred differ from pride and humility?

3. Why does Hume state that morality is not based on reason?

4. What is Hume's argument against those who defend free will?

5. Why does Hume claim women need a sentiment of chastity?

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

7. Why does Hume think passions rather than reason determine the will?

8. How does Hume divide direct passions?

9. What does Part Three of Book Three say about natural virtues?

10. Summarize Book Two.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an example that clarifies each of Hume's following ideas.

1. Cause and effect.

2. The difference between recalling events in the mind and the imagination.

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

Why does Hume think that religion's focus on free will confuses people? What does this view say about Hume's view on religion in general? What do the students think 18th century society felt about Hume's disregard of religion?

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