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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion : Penguin Classics -  David Hume

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 22nd February 1990
ISBN: 9780140445367
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

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David Hume (1711 - 1776) was a philosopher who wrote A Treatise of Human Nature and considered the nature of religion. JM Bell is Professor of Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of the Department of Politics and Philosophy.

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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ISBN: 9780140445367
ISBN-10: 0140445366
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 22nd February 1990
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.5  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1

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