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    Two people are debating on weather souls exist or not one person says they do and the other says they dont. Someone walks up who holds a Humean view and reads the last sentence of Hume's Inquiry:

    "When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion."

    That person then says that this means one of them is right and one of them is wrong.

    What does this person mean, which person is wrong? And what are they wrong about? How can this person justify telling one them they are wrong? What might they other person say to defend their view?

    I am not asking for very long answers I've read Inquiry over and over but I can not grasp where Hume stands on souls and how using that view you can tell someone they are wrong or not on their view.

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    Solution Summary

    Explains David Hume's view on the question whether human beings have a "soul."