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Humes argument which suggests that we have reason to doubt the knowledge received from the senses begins with an exploration of the continued existence of objects He contends that since objects possess a continued existence reality is not correctly perceived by the senses As Hume says of the senses tis evident these faculties are incapable of giving rise to the notion of the continud existence of their objects after they no longer appear to the senses32 From this he concludes these faculties therefore if they have any influence in the present case must produce the opinion of a distinct not of a continud existence32 These contentions form the foundation of Humes argument for doubting the knowledge received from the senses Hume describes how since the world still exists when our senses are inoperable our senses cannot and do not give us the whole truth about the world He says I am naturally led to regard the world as something real and durable and as preserving its existence even when it is no longer present to my perception35 So since the mind looks farther than what immediately appears to it its conclusions can never be put to the account of the senses32 This suggests that our mind sees a more accurate representation of the world than our senses and that as he says our senses must convey the impressions as those very existences by a kind of fallacy and illusion32 Hume argues that the senses convey the information they receive of the external in such a way that would determine a distinct existence He continues by addressing the fundamental philosophical question of identity He says that we are so far from being able by our senses merely to determine this question we must have recourse to the most profound metaphysics to give an answer to it32 Our senses however do perceive our body as having an external existence Even though this is true Hume says that
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