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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 4. Conceptual Analysis]

Full Idea

When we entertain any suspicion that a philosophical term is without any meaning or idea, we need but enquire "from what impression is that supposed idea derived?"

Gist of Idea

If we suspect that a philosophical term is meaningless, we should ask what impression it derives from


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], II.17)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.22