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David Hume – An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding – Section 3

David Hume portrait.

This is the third part of a twelve-part series, where I will share my summaries of sections (chapters) of David Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. I would be making these summaries for myself regardless, however, I realized they might come in useful to some philosophy undergrads who are late with their assignment. These are very short summaries based on how much of space was available in my notebook with two pages dedicated to each section. Hume’s special vocabulary for certain sections took up a great deal of space and thus the summaries had to be shortened. Regardless, I hope you will find some of Hume’s thoughts interesting and maybe you will pick up the book yourself.

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We need everyone – Brave New World Follow Up

Two hands touching.

In the previous Brave New World post, I shared my general impression of this work of art and fiction, and I hinted on developing some of the ideas explored further at a later point. If you want to read the general overview first, you can do so here. Thus, the time has come when I want to pick out an idea expressed by Huxley and show how it may apply to our world. Without further ado, here is a thought for today.

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David Hume – An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding – Section 2

David Hume

This is the second part of a twelve-part series, where I will share my summaries of sections (chapters) of David Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. I would be making these summaries for myself regardless, however, I realized they might come in useful to some philosophy undergrads who are late with their assignment. These are very short summaries based on how much of space was available in my notebook with two pages dedicated to each section. Hume’s special vocabulary for certain sections took up a great deal of space and thus the summaries had to be shortened. Regardless, I hope you will find some of Hume’s thoughts interesting and maybe you will pick up the book yourself.

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Christian Pessimism – The Emotional Consequences of The Belief In Hell

Fire.

Christian pessimism is an oxymoron. Christianity provides the solution to pessimism. Christianity is the antidote to a pessimistic outlook. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23  I have always experienced Christianity as a joyous religion.

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David Hume – An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding – Section 1

This is the first part of a twelve-part series, where I will share my summaries of sections (chapters) of David Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. I would be making these summaries for myself regardless, however, I realized they might come in useful to some philosophy undergrads who are late with their assignment. These are very short summaries based on how much of space was available in my notebook with two pages dedicated to each section. Hume’s special vocabulary for certain sections took up a great deal of space and thus the summaries had to be shortened. Regardless, I hope you will find some of Hume’s thoughts interesting and maybe you will pick up the book yourself.

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Meaning of life, with or without God

A hand holding a compass in a forest.

The first time I considered the idea of a meaningful life without God was during my year abroad in the United States at the age of sixteen. It was a sunny mid-spring day and looking out of my dorm room window, over the balcony of our old wooden house, I was contemplating the consequences of God’s possible non-existence on the meaning of life. At the time, apart from God, I could only see an ultimately unsatisfying self-delusion. I saw the same infinite loop I was part of before I became a Christian, a loop from which I was able to break free only thanks to the contentment God brought to my heart. I saw the neverending pursuit of the next goal set forth by the mind, thought to bring the ultimate peace and to stop the ongoing search.

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Life Seen Bare – A Poem

This is a poem I have written over a year ago, while I was struggling with the ideas expressed in my Surfing Waves, Bearing Life essay, and put into a coherent form on July 11, 2018.  As I said at the end of the essay, I probably would have written a more optimistic and less Kierkegaardian essay had I done it now, however, it accurately encapsulates my state of mind at the time, as well as the whole essay in just 8/10 verses. Without further ado, here is the first serious poem of my life.

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Surfing Waves, Bearing Life

A man surfing.

I can not believe it took me almost a year and a half to finish this essay. It was a project dear to my heart and I knew someday I would take the time to finish it. Someday was not enough, so for the past week I have been working on this 3300-word monster and today I was finally able to finish it to a satisfactory level. Giving an introduction to the following text is not an easy task. What can I say upfront is to encourage you to finish it. The essay gains momentum as you go, however, it is not an essay read. Take your time with it.

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You are not as good as you think and neither am I

This is a text I started working on about half a year ago which I was finally able to finish. It has a slightly somber tone and is oriented more towards self-improvement than intellectual discussion as my previous posts. That is because I am writing about a topic I went through myself and it was a post of this style that started my disillusionment.  I hope it can add some value to you and that you can learn a thing or two about yourself.

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Does religious faith have a place in the 21st century?

This is an essay I have written as part of my university application to Oxford University. I suspect this was the culprit behind their decision not to invite me even for an interview. [truly mediocre performance] (To be fair only around 29% of Europeans get invited for an interview for the course I applied for.) Regardless, I think this a great topic for discussion because there are many points of view that I feel I have not explored yet and would very much like to. Without further ado, please enjoy this glorious reading and do not forget to add your take.

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