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Has Popper Provided a Satisfactory Answer to the Problems Identified by Hume Introduction In this essay I will answer the above question talking about Humes views on induction and empiricism and whether or not Popper answered Humes problems I will start buy talking about both philosophers then comparing them in a conclusion David Hume David Hume was born in Edinburgh in 1711 he spent most of his childhood in Ninewells his familys home on the Whitadder River in the lowlands near Berwick At the age of twelve David joined his older brother at Edinburgh University where he studied mathematics and contemporary science He also read history literature and ancient and modern philosophy He became extremely interested in philosophy and especially French philosophers so he moved to France to La Flche in Anjou known for its Jesuit College In the country of which Descartes studied almost a century beforehand he concentrated on French and continental literature including such authors as Malebranche Dubos and Bayle And between 1734 and 1737 he wrote his first book A Treatise of Human Nature In his lifetime Hume traveled considerably between the continent and Great Britain and met such people as Jean-Jacques Rousseau When Hume discovered that he had intestinal cancer he prepared for his death with the same peacefulness that he had lived his life Before he died in 1776 he left his last book Dialogues concerning Natural Religion with his nephew to make sure it was published Hume atheist and empiricist criticised theological arguments about the existence of God An empiricist is someone who believes in empiricism which is defined as a philosophical belief that all knowledge is derived from the experience But unlike other empiricists he was able to distinguish the flaw in the theory on Induction So out of Humes interpretation of induction came the Swan Story According to induction as viewed by another philosopher
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