chapter  3
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Empiricist assumptions

It will be noted that Hume, in his introduction, conforms very closely to the central views of Scottish naturalism. This is especially evident in his claim that we have no reason for our most general and refined principles. We must now consider how he is hampered in the development of his naturalism by accepting many of the empiricist assumptions which were common amongst his contemporaries. These assumptions are apparent in the opening chapters of the Treatise.