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. To what does Hume say virtue is tied?

2. What does Hume say societies need to defend themselves against attack?

3. What is the title of Book Three, Part Three?

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

5. What best describes Hume's conception of the will?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Hume think reason is the slave of the passions?

5. How does Hume define love and hatred?

6. How does Hume define artificial virtues?

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

8. How does Hume define will?

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

10. Summarize Book Two.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what way is reason the slave of the passions? Why doesn't Hume think reason can direct the will? What according to Hume's idea would happen if the will was determined by reason?

Essay Topic 2

What does skepticism mean in a philosophical context? In what ways could Hume be called a skeptic? What philosophers are non-skeptics and what problems would they have with Hume's ideas in this book?

Essay Topic 3

How does reason and passion cause the will to act? Why is it important to find out what causes the will to act? In what way is it important to Hume's own argument?

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