Explain Hume’s distinction between “matters of fact” and “relations of ideas.” Are these different objects of knowledge? Why or why not?
2. Explain why cause and effect are so important for Hume. What is his conclusion regarding knowledge of the external world? Is he correct? Why or why not?
3. What is skepticism? How does Hume approach the problem of skepticism? What do you think about skepticism? Why? How to write the journal page
(a) put into your own words the assumptions and arguments of the philosopher or idea;
(b) evaluate these arguments and assumptions, using your own reasoning. The journal is meant to help you begin to work through your thoughts regarding the arguments/ideas discussed in the course. In fact, the journal is initial preparation to writing a philosophy paper. Therefore, the more work you put into their journal entries the easier it will be to write philosophy papers. The journal entry does not have a required length,
however, each entry needs to be sure to do both (a) and (b) mentioned above. I suggest at least 1/2 page (typed) for each entry, however, your focus should solely be on including (a) and (b) in your entries and not length.
Students need to be careful not to plagiarize in your journal. The purpose of the journal is to illicit a personal response to the readings. Plagiarism, as you know, prevents this from happening.
To plagiarize means to use words or ideas that are someone else’s, but passing them off as your own.
For example, to import material from the web without a reference. You cannot have a personal response to the readings if you are using someone’s thoughts/ideas. Plagiarism will result in an “F.”