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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Hume's ‘Ideas’

Hume's ‘Ideas’

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(p.197) Chapter 32 Hume's ‘Ideas’
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Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198250924.003.0012

Contains remarks on the kind of philosopher Hume was; the subtle interplay in his work between logical analysis and naturalistic psychology. His distinction between ideas and impressions; his attempt to use it to differentiate experiencing from remembering, both from thinking or imagining and his account of memory are described. His ‘copy thesis’ says that every (1) simple idea is (2) copied from (3) an earlier impression; a defence is given here for reconstruing it as saying that every (1) word that cannot be verbally defined must be (2) explicable in terms of its bearing upon (3) experience of the objective world.

Keywords:   copy thesis, Hume, idea, impression, memory

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