Essay Philosophy of David Hume

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Philosophy in itself is an unidentifiable subject matter because of the lack of specificity in the fields it touches upon. It is “defined” as a way for humans to strive for ourselves in this reality in which we live in. No one person has the answers as to who we are and why we are living. The value of philosophy changes in character as history changes, thus the meaning of philosophy is what we as individuals perceive it to be. Though subjective, there are core ideals that unite the beliefs of all philosophy, such as the idea of the self.
Philosophers arise not to answer questions, but to question the questions in order to find enlightenment. The search for self is a difficult journey as it is a heavily debated subject matter with no
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The independent nature of the self is to be separate of all other things in the world to forms its own identity. Some philosophers however reject this view of the independent self or the existence of a self at all due to the fact that the “rational self” is self-efficient enough to reach the ultimate goals of living: the destiny. Furthermore, the existence of the destiny is also debatable; some philosophers believe that the self exists to fulfill a defined purpose while others believe that there is such thing as destiny, thus the “rational self” does not exist.
The philosophy of self accentuates the qualities that each person is distinctly different than another. The idea of the enduring self is that our true identity is not the same throughout time; it has the ability to change. Known philosophers Sartre is known for his philosophy on self for he argues that we are capable of self-realization. He is a believer of existentialism, the study that holds humans to being “whatever they make themselves” as well as denying any “essential human nature… insisting that individuals create their own nature through free, responsible choices and actions” (Velasquez, 67). This idea is similar to Descartes’ idea of the “Cogito ergo sum, who I am here inside me” (Velasquez, 101). Humans do not have a defined rational nature and purpose in life, according to Sartre, because all humans are free. What he means by free is the certain

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