Review Questions For Hume: ECHU Set 4

1. How does Hume praise skepticism at the beginning of §5? Specifically, what bad habits of thinking does he think that a healthy dose of skepticism can counteract? What is the only passion “not mortified” by skepticism?

2. Why does Hume think that the critics of skepticism overreact to it? Briefly compare and contrast the role of skepticism in Descartes' and in Hume's philosophy.

3. Summarize the account Hume gives of the person “endowed with the strongest faculties of reason and reflection” and that person’s progress towards knowledge.

4. With what principle does David Hume solve the problem of how we have knowledge of matters of fact?

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