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David Hume on Mental States - Dictionary of Arguments
Mind/Hume: the mind has no consistency itself, only psychology of affections. An affect is possible. The mind must be affected.
Mind/Hume: the mind is identical with an imagination and idea. Imagination: is no fortune, but a collection without uniformity.
Mind/Hume: the mind remains always passive. It is not determinative, but it is determined. The act of the mind is activated, not active.
Mind/Hume: the mind is passive, empty and filled with impressions (not ideas). It is ordered by principles: association, contiguity, causality. (Inner) impression corresponds to self-awareness, that creates the subject. Ideas are atomistic.
Mind/Hume: new: in so far as the principles of morality and emotions act upon it, it ceases to be imagination and is fixed as a part of human nature (complex instead of simple effect, that is the distinction culture/nature).
Animal: an animal only knows simple effects. There are no exceeding rules.
Mind/Hume: the mind is identical with the idea. The mind is not subject and it does not need a subject. Also, it does not represent nature. Perceptions are the only objects. Every idea can disappear.
The mind therefore is quantitative, not qualitative. Invariant: the "smallest idea": e.g. I have an idea of the part of a grain of sand, but the images of it are all the same. Def "moment of the mind": is the citation of a smallest idea, but which is sensual.
The mind transforms to the subject by the two principles of affect and association.
>Association/Hume._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
I Gilles Delueze David Hume, Frankfurt 1997 (Frankreich 1953,1988)
II Norbert Hoerster Hume: Existenz und Eigenschaften Gottes aus Speck(Hg) Grundprobleme der großen Philosophen der Neuzeit I Göttingen, 1997
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