Hume's 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion'

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Hume's Dialogues provide a classic exposition and critique of the famous 'Argument to Design', the attempt to prove the existence and properties of a designing intelligence of God from the phenomena of Nature. As such, this hugely important and influential text raises questions of central interest in both philosophy and theology. This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance ...
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Overview

Hume's Dialogues provide a classic exposition and critique of the famous 'Argument to Design', the attempt to prove the existence and properties of a designing intelligence of God from the phenomena of Nature. As such, this hugely important and influential text raises questions of central interest in both philosophy and theology. This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on: Philosophical and theological context, Key themes, Reading the text, Reception and influence, Further reading.

About the Author:
Andrew Pyle is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826475688
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/9/2006
  • Series: Readers Guide Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,445,713
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Context     1
Overview of themes     9
Reading the text     16
Interpretations of the Dialogues     122
Reception and Influence     133
Hamann and Kant     133
Paley     135
Darwin     138
John Stuart Mill     141
The Dialogues today     142
Notes     144
Guide to Further Reading     147
Index     153
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