Empirical Redemption

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How Hume's ideas kept philosophy from falling into a state of disarray.

Submitted: June 26, 2017

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Submitted: June 26, 2017



Some have said that what we perceive to be reality is merely an idea in the mind.  This could be true if continuity and regularity could be properly explained.  Does the external world exist as time and space in which our thoughts and ideas are arranged, or does the external world exist within the mind?  Whether or not our ideas are innate is up for debate, but we do have ideas, and one could assume that they account for something.  If it is true, however, that all phenomena manifests within the mind and independent of the physical world, does matter exist at all?  Berkeley argued that it did not, but his idealism falls apart without the existence of a god.  Only Hume, by excluding, essentially, the idea of a god, could rescue empiricism from a state of irrationality. 

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