Hume's Philosophy about reason and Passion

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Hume’s philosophy about reason & passion Student Name Course Name Instructor Name December 8, 2011 Abstract David Hume was an opponent of the rational view of describing human nature as a follower of logical reasoning & morality behind every matter of life.


Hume’s philosophy about Reason & Passion David Hume was a historian & philosopher in the mid of 18th century from Scotland. Born on May 7, 1711 & died on August 25, 1776, Hume was one of the most important philosophers of that time & is regarded with many great western philosophers of modern times. He was famous for his philosophical ideas about human empiricism & skepticism. He purposed the ideas of passion that they drive human beings rather than logical reasoning or thinking. Hence he was a contemporary of Rene Descartes, a French philosopher of 17th century, who argued that human mind is a thinking thing & it follows the logical reasoning about everything. Hume was strongly opposed to this idea of presenting human minds & he tried to establish a new & natural science about psychology of human nature. In his famous publication “A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to introduce the experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects”, he argued that the real force which is responsible for all human activities is their desires or passions about something. Whenever anyone tends to pull towards something, it may be money or a loved one or anything else; he makes every possible chance to accomplish the goals. Reason cannot be wholly or completely the driving force, it is a part of passion or in Hume’s own words, “a slave of passions”. ...
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