Custom or Habit: Hume and Where our Beliefs Come From

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Custom or Habit: Hume and Where our Beliefs Come From
In section IV and V in Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume tells us that the things that we believe all stem from either custom or habit. He contends that we believe the sun will rise everyday because in our experience that is what it will do. If we are holding a lit match near a piece of paper it will burn. We expect it to because our experience has shown us that in the past this fact is true. In this paper I will argue that while custom might be important in reasoning a future event, that the repetition required for custom is not as necessary as Hume believes. After a discussion about Hume’s ideas this paper will then continue with an example of a custom process using a...
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.....en any more than one time for it to make a radical change to my way of thinking. So given that it only takes one example to disprove a rule, in my opinion repetition is not always a necessary component for custom, and it is possible for a single event, in some situations to change our model of experience, and cause and effect.
Works Cited
Hume, D. (2011). Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding - Part IV: Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding. Accessed Oct. 22 2011 at http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/h/hume/david/h92e/chapter4.html.
Hume, D. (2011). Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding - Part V: Sceptical Solution of These Doubts. Accessed Oct. 22 2011 at http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/h/hume/david/h92e/chapter5.html.