9780140445367

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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    9780140445367

  • ISBN10:

    0140445366

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-07-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

In the posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion , the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume attacked traditional arguments for the existence of God, claiming that religion is founded on ignorance and irrational fears. Though calm and courteous in tone - at times even tactfully ambiguous - the conversations between Hume's vividly realized fictional figures form perhaps the most searching case ever mounted against orthodox Christian theological thinking and the 'deism' of the time, which pointed to the wonders of creation as evidence of God's Design. Hume's characters debate these issues with extraordinary passion, lucidity and humour, in one of the most compelling philosophical works ever written. Based on Hume's manuscript, Martin Bell's edition provides an accessible modern version, while his fascinating introduction sets Hume's religious scepticism in the philosophical and scientific context of its time.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Preface to Second Editionp. vii
Editions, Reprints, and Translations of the Dialoguesp. x
Text of This Editionp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Hume's Relations to His Calvinist Environmentp. 1
Hume's Views Regarding Religion in Generalp. 9
Hume's Reasons for Retaining the Terms 'God' and 'Religion' in Defining His Own Positions as Bearing on the Argument of the Dialoguesp. 25
Hume's Argument Against Miracles, and His Criticism of the Argument from Design, in the Enquiryp. 45
the Argument of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religionp. 57
An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.1p. 76
Appendix B1 Bayle on Strato's 'Atheism'p. 80
Evidence Bearing on the Times of Composition and Revision of the Dialogues, and on Hume's Arrangements for Their Post- Humous Publicationp. 87
A Critical Analysis of the Main Argument of the Dialogues, with Some Explanatory Notes1p. 97
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religionp. 125
Supplementp. 229
Index of Proper Namesp. 249
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