Hume: Criticism of Descartes

David Hume, a Scottish philosopher and historian, thrived during the Enlightenment era. In this segment of history, which is also known as the Age of Reason, European scholars attempted to find the root of knowledge, often by working through one of two prevalent schools of thought, empiricism and rationalism. Hume, an empiricist, suggested that knowledge … Read moreHume: Criticism of Descartes

Miracles: Reliable Testimony or a Falsehood for an Epistemologist?

Many of David Hume’s writings and ideas, such as the famous “Hume’s Fork,” are common currency today. While his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding was not well-received when it was first published, it later became known as one of his major works. This essay addresses Hume’s question about whether miracles are reliable testimony that aid human … Read moreMiracles: Reliable Testimony or a Falsehood for an Epistemologist?

An Inquiry Concerning Human Freedom

Hume argues in his Enquiry that necessity and liberty are compatible, and that the dispute between the two is only due to improper definitions of the terms (Hume 92). The question that he poses in his paper is whether we are responsible for our actions if all events are necessary. This paper will argue that, … Read moreAn Inquiry Concerning Human Freedom

Criteria for Knowledge: Finding a Middle Ground When Comparing Hume and Kant

For years, the criteria for true knowledge has been a topic of debate among many philosophers. After all, the rise of skepticism created a sweeping wave of doubt that caused many to question previously held beliefs and even the validity of religious institutions. In light of this doubt, two primary schools of thought arose to … Read moreCriteria for Knowledge: Finding a Middle Ground When Comparing Hume and Kant