The Enlightenment Period

David Hume

What did Hume have to say about the self?

Hume famously denied any evidence for the existence of a self as a substance or soul. He wrote: “For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception.” He went on to explain that what a person calls his or her “self” is no more than a bundle or bundles of perceptions, no one of which is a direct idea of a self-thing.


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