David sets out to prove this point by

David
Hume who was born in 1711 was an influential philosopher, but was considered
very controversial in his time. Hume was the leading figure in the “Scottish
Enlightenment” and published two key works “A
Treatise of Human Nature” and the “Enquiry”.

In the “Enquiry” section 8, Hume’s goal is to define the terms “liberty” and
“necessity” accurately to solve the conflict of free will. David Hume argues
that the understanding of freedom and liberty and necessity directly correlate.

Hume believes the problem with freedom and necessity is that the terms are not
defined in a proper manner.  Once we
correctly define the terms Hume realizes that there is not any conflict between
the two terms. He offers a combatalistic approach to free will and necessity,
as long as the man chooses to behave according to instincts, then the man will
always be free.  Hume makes the point
that he does not believe anyone has ever played with the thought our actions
not being controlled by the necessity and it ruling out liberty. Hume starts
with “necessity” as defined in section 7 as the constant conjunction with the
feeling of anticipation.  Hume states how
we experience it by observing the constant conjunction of the behaviors and then
inferring that one must be caused because of the other one. This is therefore
known as the famous philosophy of “causation”. Hume defines the word “liberty”
as the option to do what ever you want to do when you want to do it. The
ability to do what we want t do therefore makes us free agents unless we are
constrained is the only factor that would not make us free. Hume formed some
implications to further prove his argument. His first implication was involving
nature. Hume believed that certain causes occur and certain effects follow
right through. Hume thought that laws in nature determine the effects and
forces that factor in the movements in human actions. He also believes that
human nature guides our behavior. He realized that this same trend happens in
human behavior also. The same actions cause the same results. He sets out to
prove this point by looking at the history of human behavior and present-day
behavior of humans and infers that they will always be relatively the same
without a doubt. Hume realizes this because human behavior is a direct result
of emotions and motivations. Hume then comes to the conclusion that even though
there are a variety of circumstances majority of the time the resulting
behavior will be consistent over time. This means that human behavior follows a
specific set of principles and governing laws. Our assumptions with human
nature are based on our perceived conjunction that governs our actions. I agree
with Hume on his view of freedom and necessity. I think that because the two
concepts were correctly defined humans would think that they are incompatible
when truly they do correlate to one another. Freedom is a necessity that we
humans have the control to posses. If we want to go to class, then we have the
option to go to class. If we want to write and extra credit essay in hopes of
getting an “A” in the class, then our human behavior would make ourselves write
the extra credit essay to get the “A”.