You are to paraphrase paragraphs 8-16 of “Sceptical Doubts Concerning the Operations of the Understanding” in David Hume’s
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
- Read the entire section – the PDF file
- Paraphrase only paragraphs 8-16 on pages 110-115
- This inclusive of paragraph 16 (the long one)
Paraphrasing will help you read this way. After you completely read the assigned text once, goback through the pages assigned for this exercise and paraphrase each paragraph in those pages (not thewhole reading assignment for that week) in about one to four sentences (as a general rule of thumb). Reada paragraph over a couple of times and then pretend that you are explaining it to a friend who hasnâ€™t readit. Donâ€™t put everything sentence-by-sentence into your paragraph; identify each paragraphâ€™s central ideaand put it in your own words. Use an informal, straightforward tone rather than a stilted or stiffly academicone, but make sure your writing has correct spelling and grammar throughout. Be as explicit and concreteas possible; donâ€™t rely on vague phrases or metaphors. Donâ€™t quoteâ€”that defeats the purpose. Put the pagenumber in the margin beside the first paragraph of each new page in the text, to make it easier for me tofollow.At the end of the assignment, write and explain a question or objection. It can be a request forfurther clarification of an idea you didnâ€™t understand (be specific about what you didnâ€™t understand aboutitâ€”you canâ€™t just write â€œI didnâ€™t get Xâ€) or, preferably, an analysis or challenge of the validity of an ideacovered. You are welcome to disagree with the author, but be sure to give her the best possible interpretation
of the argument consistent with the text.
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