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    #1

    there are few but will be of the opinion

    Hi All,
    This is a piece of 17th century writing by David Hume. The context is complicated. What I'd like are opinions on whether the line in bold means "I believe there are only a few who would not be of the opinion that he can." (Only a few would think he can't).


    “Now I ask, whether 'tis possible for him, from his own imagination, to supply this deficiency, and raise up to himself the idea of that particular shade, tho' it had never been conveyed to him by his senses? I believe there are few but will be of the opinion that he can; and this may serve as a proof, that the simple ideas are not always, in every instance, derived from the correspondent impressions.”


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    #2

    Re: there are few but will be of the opinion

    I agree with your interpretation, Raymott.

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    #3

    Re: there are few but will be of the opinion

    So do I.

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    #4

    Re: there are few but will be of the opinion

    I think I do, but Iwouldn't stake real money on it.

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    #5

    Re: there are few but will be of the opinion

    Just a follow up. Yes it does mean what I thought it did. (You would have won, 5jj, had you been able to find someone to take your bet)

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