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By Tony Pitson

It is a transparent review of Hume's theories of the self and private id, together with his recognized Treatise on Human Nature. Pitson offers a serious exploration of his pondering, additionally interpreting the continued relevance of Hume's theories for modern philosophy and referring to it to his broader reflections on human nature itself. Divided into components, Pitson's research follows Hume's vital contrast among features of private id: the ''mental'' and the ''agency''. the 1st half discusses Hume's belief of the brain as a ''bundle'' or ''system'' of perceptions and explores Hume's place at the conventional mind/body challenge. within the moment half Pitson examines a number themes together with Hume's therapy of personality, the connection among human and animal nature, and the character of employer.

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But it is evident that the kind of case Hume is thinking of is where we are concerned with our own identity; and while this is a question which may, in some instances, be approached from an essentially impersonal point of view (for example, where I am genuinely unsure whether I could really have performed a certain action, and may have to appeal to the testimony of others), there are other cases in which it is one that is essentially bound up with the individual’s point of view. If I ask whether I am the same person as the one who performed some action in the past, I may not doubt that others would identify me with that person; but I may wonder, nevertheless, how far the person I am now is really to be identified with the person responsible for this action.

12). In any case, it seems that for the most part, at least, the relation of contiguity which obtains in the case of our perceptions is that of temporal contiguity; so that the question we face is why this particular relation is not relevant in the case of the belief in self-identity. There appear to be at least two factors that we need to take into account here. 3). In other words, the successive bundles-ofperceptions-at-a-time which constitute the mind or self over time need not be temporally contiguous to each other.

We have explored and tried to resolve, so far as possible, some of the problems associated with Hume’s appeal to the relation of resemblance. And we have also seen why Hume attaches a greater importance to causation in this context. Having acquired from memory the idea of a chain of causes and effects – in which the self essentially consists according to Hume’s system conception – we then extend this idea to those times in our lives of which we have 38 HUME AND THE IDEA OF THE SELF no present recollection.

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