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date: 23 January 2022

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Commentators divide on whether the basic elements of Hume’s philosophy—perceptions, their division into impressions and ideas, and their associative relation—should be construed as objects and relations between objects or as representations of objects and their relations. Although the latter reading is generally favored, in this chapter the author argues that the textual evidence favors the former and that Hume’s philosophy should be interpreted accordingly. The focus is on Part 1 of the first book of the Treatise (T 1.1) but subsequent texts are considered as well, particularly passages in Part 4, Sections 2 and 6 (T 1.4.2 and 6).

Keywords: Perceptions, impressions, ideas, force and vivacity, language, relation, facility

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