…...that appealing to the existence of God to support the belief that there is an external world…...amounts to philosophical hypocrisy?….
Drew, for the benefit of us not so literate you might briefly explain his reasoning. For what it's worth, probably not much, I don't see the connection. My immediate reaction is, if there's a God who can do practically anything, maybe She's simply putting something over on us
Do you agree with Hume's reasoning that it is impossible for us to ever have certain knowledge of the principle of cause and effect?
Again, what knowledge and how
…...I ask because determinism v freewill might figure into the discussion, in which case the extent of our threads on the subject suggest Hume is right
Construct an argument to convince Hume that the principle of causes and effect is indeed valid.
I'm not sure what his concept of the principle or whether it would satisfy him, but the following observation seems to support the idea: Given any simple experiment, the more carefully one controls its conditions, the more likely to achieve the same result
Tautology aside it seems impossible to have certain knowledge, according to the general principle that nothing is entirely anything…. Still for the benefit of us not having studied Hume…..
It does not seem to me that a philosopher would come to the conclusion that a God exists,….
Forgive me Drew but reviewing the OP, Her existence or non- doesn't seem to be the issue