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Dialogues and Natural History of Religion 1st Edition
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About the Author
Hume attended the University of Edinburgh at an early age and considered a career in law before deciding that the pursuit of knowledge was his true calling. Hume s writings on rationalism and empiricism, free will, determinism, and the existence of God would be enormously influential on contemporaries such as Adam Smith, as well as the philosophers like Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Popper, who succeeded him. Hume died in 1776.
Top Customer Reviews
The central theme of Hume's religious thought is the central theme of his philosophical thought as a whole--namely the extent of our ignorance and the impotence of human reason to discover the things we really want to discover. And, for this reason, his writing on religion provides a good illustration of his general philosophical method: he begins by pointing out the impotence of reason, and then he offers a naturalistic psychological explanation of why we continue to think as we do. Our tendency to believe various religious thesis, he argues, cannot be explained as a justifiable way of thinking about the world that we arrive at through the use of reason. It is, instead, explained by certain general principles governing the operation of human minds. And two major works in this volume illustrate the two components of Hume's philosophical method. In the Dialogues he argues that neither empirical research nor the a priori exercise of reason is likely to reveal that our religious beliefs are justified.Read more ›
Second to the magnificence of Hume's ideas, the greatest thing about this book (and Hume's work in general) is the complete clarity of his writing and the ease with which the reader can follow the logical progression of his ideas.
I consider Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion to be Hume's greatest work. Regardless of your personal beliefs, Hume will make you re-think your views about religion and the universe.
Very highly recommended to all, skeptics and non-skeptics alike.
Hume was very concerned about rationality. Hume was never publicly and explicitly an atheist, but his rational mind, concerned about sensory and intelligible evidence, led him to question and doubt most major systems of religion, including the more general philosophical sense of religion and proofs of the existence of God. The primary arguments in his 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' deal with the Argument from Design, and the Cosmological Argument. There is an assumed distinction here between natural religion and revealed religion, an especially important distinction in the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophical structure.Read more ›
Where, then, does Hume stand about religion? The answer is very much where he stands about belief in an external world. He does not accept the uncritical claims of the Vulgar, and thinks there are fatal objections to the arguments of Philosophers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredibly thought provoking. It's hard to say where Hume stands on issues in the dialogues since he removes himself by speaking through fictional characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew
David Hume was more playful than Kant allowed himself to be.
It is quite a bother to try to imagine the way religion and government depended upon each other prior to the... Read more
In this "post-hume" posthumous publication Hume mounted a special attack on the logical structure of many naive design arguments and indeed also upon the rational basis of any form... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Roman Nies
This is a comparatively small volume, which contains some of David Hume's most critical arguments related to religion and god from a "natural religion" or "natural theology"... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Misanthrope™
Hume was such a brilliant and complex thinker and widely read in both classical and contemporary literature. Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by E. L. Bess
This is a great book. Required for my class. You can probably find this book a few bucks cheaper. I rather pay the extra dough and save on time and hassle wasted like waiting in... Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Edward
How lucky am I to have this namesake.
This work is dynamite.
Hume walks right in and starts slaying every Sacred Cow in the place. Read more
This is a great resource for any theological library. Whether you agree or disagree with what Hume writes, this book is `a must' as you wrestle with faith and epistemic certainty. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by S. Griffith