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David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, belonging to a serious species of philosophers named empiricist. Based on the empiricist opinion, any kind of human findings is empiric. They believed that the human knowledge is a collection of evidences that gathered through experiments and sensory perceptions. This group of philosophers stands against rationalists, which argue that the reason and the innate knowledge have the major role in our understanding of the world?
One of the most important Hume's book which can be used in our research in Artificial Intelligence field, is "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" (In Persian: "تحقیق درباره فهم آدمی"), which is an extension to his previous book "A Treatise of Human Nature" (In Persian: "رساله درباره طبیعت آدمی"), which could not take up adequate academic attentions.
In this book the author inspect the various aspects of human understanding. Based on his opinion, "Percepts" is equal to all contents of experiences. The percepts come to exist in our mind, when we see, feel and imagine. He argued that the human perceptions can be divided in two principle categories: Impressions and Ideas.
The impressions is the feelings that we achieve when we see, hear, love, hate, desire and so on; while the ideas created when we remember, imagine or dream that impressions.
There is not any kind of innate ideas at all. All of our ideas are copies of our impressions; facts that we see or feel previously. In another word, it is not possible to have an idea or imagination about an object or event, not seeing before.
There exist three kind of ideas associations, in Hume outlook:  Similarity, Adjacency and Casualty.

Hume believed that with an adequate discrimination between impressions and ideas;  beside a good understanding of kinds of ideas associations, we will be determine all of the human conscious and unconscious thought and behaviors.

To have a brief view to this philosopher and his books, I suggest the book "Philosophy: The Classics, 2nd ed. C2001" by Nigel Warburton. This book is translated to Persian by Masood Olya and published by Ghoghnoos Publications; named "آثار کلاسیک فلسفه ".


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