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Skepticism is the philosophical belief that doubts whether or not any of our knowledge is true Hume as well as Descartes have a complex relationship with skepticism In several of their works the philosophers respond to skepticism through the use of skepticism In Descartes Fifth meditation he uses skepticism to address the idea of God Hume uses skepticism in Section II of the Enquiry in order to discuss the origin of mans idea of God The idea of a God is a very skeptical idea Descartes has the most successful response to the question of if God exists due to the logic in is skepticism Hume wrote nothing at first view may seem more unbounded than the thought of man which not only escapes all human power and authority but is not even restrained within the limits of nature and reality In this passage Hume is discussing the ideas that man has and the power of his mind He goes on further to say that while the body is confined to one planet along which it creeps with pain and difficulty the thought can in an instant transport us into the most distant regions of the universe It is with this very power of the human mind in which we consider the idea of God Hume believes that the idea of God arises from reflecting on the operations of our mind and augmenting without limit those qualities of goodness and wisdom Hume is implying that the idea of God already exists in our minds According to Hume every idea the human mind has is imitated from a comparable impression However the term impression relates to all of our more lively perceptions when we hear or see or feel or love or hate or desire or will If every idea comes from an impression then the idea of God comes from the impression we get when we think about all that
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