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Mental states: Mental states are internal states of mind that include thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations, and perceptions. They are subjective experiences that cannot be directly observed by others. See also Brain states, Brain, Thoughts, Thinking, Cognition, Consciousness, Perception, Sensation, Emotions, Behavior.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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David Hume on Mental States - Dictionary of Arguments

I 7
Mind/Hume: the mind has no consistency itself, only psychology of affections. An affect is possible. The mind must be affected.
I 9
Mind/Hume: the mind is identical with an imagination and idea. Imagination: is no fortune, but a collection without uniformity.
, >Ideas/Hume.
I 14
Mind/Hume: the mind remains always passive. It is not determinative, but it is determined. The act of the mind is activated, not active.
I 7ff
Mind/Hume: the mind is passive, empty and filled with impressions (not ideas). It is ordered by principles: association, contiguity, causality. (Inner) impression corresponds to self-awareness, that creates the subject. Ideas are atomistic.
I 61
Mind/Hume: new: in so far as the principles of morality and emotions act upon it, it ceases to be imagination and is fixed as a part of human nature (complex instead of simple effect, that is the distinction culture/nature).
Animal: an animal only knows simple effects. There are no exceeding rules.
I 105
Mind/Hume: the mind is identical with the idea. The mind is not subject and it does not need a subject. Also, it does not represent nature. Perceptions are the only objects. Every idea can disappear.
I 18
The mind therefore is quantitative, not qualitative. Invariant: the "smallest idea": e.g. I have an idea of the part of a grain of sand, but the images of it are all the same. Def "moment of the mind": is the citation of a smallest idea, but which is sensual.
I 120
The mind transforms to the subject by the two principles of affect and association.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
D. Hume
I Gilles Delueze David Hume, Frankfurt 1997 (Frankreich 1953,1988)
II Norbert Hoerster Hume: Existenz und Eigenschaften Gottes aus Speck(Hg) Grundprobleme der großen Philosophen der Neuzeit I Göttingen, 1997

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