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Examining problems of the concepts of cause and effect

Explain why cause and effect pose such a problem for Hume. Do you think causality would offer similar difficulties for any empiricist? Give reasons for your answer.

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6. Explain why cause and effect pose such a problem for Hume. Do you think causality would offer similar difficulties for any empiricist? Give reasons for your answer.

Hume set out to build the science of man, that is, to study human nature using the methods of the physical sciences. He was concerned about conflicting opinions being offered to people in all subjects and saw this as a philosophical problem. He believed that through rational enquiry one could arrive at the truth. But he later found out that his faith in reason was too unrealistic, and this led him to skepticism. Why was this? Because Hume began to believe that the human thought is very limited in scope, thought that if we take seriously the premise that all knowledge begin with experience, as Locke and Berkley said, then we must also accept the limit it places on ...

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This post looks at the three steps of the attacks of David Hume on the concepts of cause and effect and asks if they are plausible.

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