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Single Idea 2186

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 4. Pro-Empiricism]

Full Idea

A blind man can form no notion of colours; a deaf man of sounds. .A Laplander or Negro has no notion of the relish of wine. .A man of mild manners can form no idea of inveterate revenge or cruelty.

Gist of Idea

We cannot form the idea of something we haven't experienced


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], II.15)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.20