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The Natural History of Religion
     

The Natural History of Religion

by David Hume
 

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David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. Hume created a highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Much of Hume's work examined the psychology of human nature with the idea that passion influences behavior more than reason.

The Natural History of Religion, published in 1757, is a long essay Hume wrote

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David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, and economist. Hume created a highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism. Much of Hume's work examined the psychology of human nature with the idea that passion influences behavior more than reason.

The Natural History of Religion, published in 1757, is a long essay Hume wrote on the development of religious beliefs. Hume believed that the origins of religion came from fear and a desire to control the future.

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"A minor classic . . . The essay has all the celebrated clarity and incisiveness of Hume, and it provides us, in a short and readable form, with the substance of the beliefs about the origins of religion which dominated the first attempts of later and more scientific writers to account for the rise and development of religion."
Philosophy

"A philosophical classic that caused considerable stir in its time. It is good to have a new editions of this brief work completely edited for the use of modern students."
Peabody Journal of Education

"Hume's view of religion was one-side and his anthropology out of date, but his blows were shrewd. In the historical development of modern theology his challenge has a point of departure; and even today, as the editor says, unless we have an answer to him our faith is unreal."
The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607782926
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
151 KB

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