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Department
Philosophy
Course
PP111
Professor
Gary Foster
Semester
Winter

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PP111 Lab 5 Origins of Ideas • Basic elements of the mind are perceptions • Mental activities cannot occur without perceptions • Two Kinds of Perceptions: 1. Impressions: lively and vivid, materials first presented to the mind from which  ideas are copied (immediately) 2. Ideas: less likely and vivid, have their origins in impressions, drawn from memory  or imagination (could shape, forget, show ideas) Hume Imperialist • In time the world is taken in rapid successions (like a movie) • Impressions are not constant Hume’s Argument against the idea of a Self (48­51) P1: All ideas are derived from impression P2: So, if we had an idea of a persisting self, the self would have to be an  impression P3: But, the self is not an impression C1: Therefore there cannot be any persisting idea of a self (51­52) P1: All our ideas come from experience P2: We have no exp
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