(Continuing the extra-text essay)
Hume did acknowledge nature and patterns of life. He merely argued against reason and rationality. I.E. For Hume, life was too great to contain, despite Man’s efforts of explanation, Life overcame. This idea has resonance on Diamond Signature. Hume also says that it’s habit that future resembles the past, but it doesn’t make it true. It’s not a fact. Rimbaud, in this work, builds the linear nature of order as a straw man in which to respond to. But is it the fallacy of logic Rimbaud is so against? If logic is flawed, because man itself it illogical, why does mankind produce “’a universe of order’, ‘the predictability of the tides’” which sounds a lot like habit. Hume saw natural order or human nature as largely habit, not an absolute and unquestionable certainty. The failure of social revolutions isn’t inevitable like the tide. They fail because habit. Those with no power speak purple prose about liberty, then when they get power, they become megalomaniacs to keep it. This “order” is different than natural order. Natural order doesn’t follow analytical or scientific logic. Nature is organized, but a priori, with a logic internal to itself.
17 August 2014 8:35pm.
In taking queue from Hume, all knowledge is from experience. Hume is an empiricist. Knowledge is in impressions and ideas. Ideas are weaker, more distilled, forms of knowledge, and impressions are immediate. The audio lecturer uses example of a hand clap. The impression is an immediate hand clapping. The idea is a memory of it, which gets more removed from the clap itself. The more distant the impression, the more the idea and ideology grows.
This book enquires into the nature of memory, how ideas become ideology. The inquiry is unsystematic, but it’s there. It’s lack of narrative coherence is because it tries to present the debate, the fears and feelings, and some historical examples. Present instead of represent. For Hume, matters of fact – relative truth, are created by impressions. But then, if impressions can be falsified, then that last straw of attainable truth can be denied. Matters of fact are contingently true, not what must be true.