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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Norman K. Smith

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hume (Library of Liberal Arts)

by Norman K. Smith

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Published by Prentice Hall .
Written in English


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Number of Pages264
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ISBN 100024129305
ISBN 109780024129307
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By looking at the natural world we see that it resembles nothing so much as a work of human artifice which, for the sake of ease, we can just call a "machine". In fact, we cannot even look at the world and infer from the evidence that he is at all good, wise, and powerful. Demea is the first to react to Cleanthes' argument from design. Second, he is unhappy that Cleanthes is trying to use an a posteriori proof rather than a priori for God's existence since the argument by design proves both God's nature and his being. The mind must remain in suspense between them; and it is that very suspense or balance, which is the triumph of scepticism. I have not capacity for so great an undertaking: I have not leisure for it: I perceive it to be superfluous.

However, this could be out of loyalty to his teacher, as this does not seem to reflect Hume's own views on the topic. This and his Treatise of Human Nature are my favorite books by Hume, one of my favorite philosophers. At least, if it appear more pious and respectful as it really is still to retain these terms when we mention the Supreme Being, we ought to acknowledge that their meaning, in that case, is totally incomprehensible; and that the infirmities of our nature do not permit us to reach any ideas which in the least correspond to the ineffable sublimity of the Divine Attributes. Yet with a pleasing sorcery could charm Pain, for a while, or anguish, and excite Fallacious Hope, or arm the obdurate breast With stubborn Patience, as with triple steel. As Philo puts it, if the universe is a machine, its only goal is the bare survival of each species, not that any species be happy.

It is only when we give an a priori demonstration that we can prove something with certainty. But how shall he support this enthusiasm itself? This says Cleanthes, the other says Philo. Since it has a special usage in rationalist philosophy, I think it can only distort his meaning. Who has the burden of proof with respect to these matters of intense religious significance, and what sort of proof might gain universal assent? We all feel God's benevolent presence through the wretchedness of our existence, and this is what makes life tolerable.


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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion book

While all three agree that a god exists, they differ sharply in opinion on God's nature or attributes and how, or if, humankind can come to knowledge of a deity.

They push their researches into the most abstruse corners of science; and their assent attends them at every step, proportioned to the evidence, which they meet with.

ISBN 13: 9780879755270

Archived from the original on December 5, Gabriel, C. Book Excerpt:. This science of natural theology, according to him, being the most profound and abstruse of any, required the maturest judgement in its students; and none but a mind, enriched with all the other sciences, can safely be entrusted with it.

To season their minds with early piety, is my chief care; and by continual precept and instruction, and I hope too, by example, I imprint deeply on their tender minds an habitual reverence for all the principles of religion.

Your own conduct, in every circumstance, refutes your principles; and shows the firmest reliance on all the received maxims of science, morals, prudence, and behaviour.

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However, in the last chapter Philo does an about face and provisionally accepts the argument from design. It is wholly obvious, he declares, that the ordered world has some intelligence behind it and that this intelligence bears some resemblance to the human mind.

But there is no reason to think his perfection bears any resemblance to anything we know, so there is no reason to think that we have any idea what God is like.

But I wonder how carefully they read it; more and more often I feel they are metamorphosing into their creationist enemies, diligently mining out-of In a letterhe reconstructs the conversation of Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes in detail for his friend Hermippus.

Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. To philosophise on such subjects, is nothing essentially different from reasoning on common life; and we may only expect greater stability, if not greater truth, from our philosophy, on account of its exacter and more scrupulous method of proceeding.

Philo, the philosophical skeptic, agrees with Demea that God is incomprehensible and provides the most convincing arguments for this position.

All rights reserved. Hume started writing the Dialogues in but did not complete them untilshortly before his death. Philo does not mind that the argument is a posteriori; his only complaint is that it is a bad argument.

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (SparkNotes Philosophy Guide)

Second, he is unhappy that Cleanthes is trying to use an a posteriori proof rather than a priori for God's existence since the argument by design proves both God's nature and his being. Just as discussion of Hume on induction isn't constrained by the fact that he never used the word "induction", so discussion of Hume's "total rejection of the a priori arguments for god's existence" Gaskin, Hume's Philosophy of Religion, p.In Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Hume explores whether religious belief can be rational.

Because Hume is an empiricist (i.e. someone who thinks that all knowledge comes through experience), he thinks that a belief is rational only if it is sufficiently supported by experiential evidence.

In the posthumously published Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume attacked many of the traditional arguments for the existence of God, expressing the belief that religion is founded on ignorance and irrational atlasbowling.com calm and courteous in tone - at times even tactfully ambiguous - the conversations between Hume's vividly realized fictional Format: Paperback.

Aug 30,  · Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume () atlasbowling.com In Dialogues C. In short, base our decisions and actions on probabilities derived from past experience. In both the Dialogues concerning Natural Religion () and The Natural History of Religion (), Hume applies his empirical scepticism to the phenomenon of religion.4/5.

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion The vast bulk of the book and being a dialogue it brings a nice artistic flair at the expense of clarity. It has two discussions - the larger (about 90%) revolves around the extent to which the characteristics of God can be [A bonus star for historical interest]4/5.