Hume's Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hume's Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

by Robert J. Fogelin


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ISBN-13: 9780190673505
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Fogelin is Professor of Philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Walking the Tightrope of Reason (OUP 2002), Hume's Skeptical Crisis (OUP 2009), Figuratively Speaking (OUP 2011), and more.

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Section I: A Textual Study
Letter from Pamphilus to Hermippus

Part One
"Let us become thoroughly sensible of the weakness, blindness, and narrow limits of human reason." Philo

Part Two
"Look round the world. You will find it to be nothing but one great machine." Cleanthes

Part Three
"Must you not instantly ascribe it to some design or purpose?" Cleanthes

Part Four
"I have found a Deity; and here I stop my enquiry." Cleanthes

Part Five
"What tools and levers and derricks?" Philo

Parts Six and Seven
"It must be a slight fabric, which can be erected on so tottering a foundation." Demea

Part Eight
"Each disputant triumphs in his turn." Philo

Part Nine
"We must, therefore, have recourse to a necessarily existent Being, who carries the Reason of his existence in himself." Demea

Part Ten
"Whence then is evil" Philo

Part Eleven
"Supposing the Author of nature to be finitely perfect EL a satisfactory account may be given of natural and moral evil." Cleanthes

Part Twelve
"To be a philosophical Sceptic is, in a man of letters, the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian." Philo

Who Speaks for Hume?

Section II: Critical Reflections

1. Hume, Pyrrhonism, and Fideism
2. Richard Popkin on Hume and Pyrrhonism
3. The New Hume
4. Garrett on Hume's Notion of a True Religion
5. David Hume on the Dialogues

Appendix: Some Responses to The Dialogues

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