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1. David Hume was accused of atheism. (An apocryphal story about Hume has a woman finding the portly philosopher stuck in mud and requiring him to recite both the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's Prayer as the price for her assistance.) Is it true that his faith was questioned because he expressed a passionate belief that there were necessary logical connections in the natural world?
2. David Hume studied law at Edinburgh University. Would it be accurate to say that he acquired a lifelong admiration for the legal profession?
3. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Hume became enemies.
4. Hume suggested that the books of Divinity in a library "contain nothing but sophistry and illusion."
5. Simple numerical induction is the notion that if event B is observed to follow event A repeatedly, then as the number of times B follows A increases that the future probability that B will follow A increases. Hume would affirm this most basic statement of induction.
6. Hume believed that the existence of something called "the self" was not established.
7. In his book, "Human Knowledge", Bertrand Russell decisively refutes Hume's ideas about induction.
8. Hume averred that reason does not have an important role in determining behavior.
9. According to Hume, morals do not rest on rationality.
10. It was Hume who quipped, "I am dying as fast as my enemies, if I have any, could wish, and as easily and cheerfully as my best friends could desire."
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