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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.
About The Author
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.
Preface to Second Edition
Editions, Reprints, and Translations of the Dialogues
Text of This Edition
Hume's Relations to His Calvinist Environment
Hume's Views Regarding Religion in General
Hume's Reasons for Retaining the Terms 'God' and 'Religion' in Defining His Own Positions as Bearing on the Argument of the Dialogues
Hume's Argument Against Miracles, and His Criticism of the Argument from Design, in the Enquiry
the Argument of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.1
Appendix B1 Bayle on Strato's 'Atheism'
Evidence Bearing on the Times of Composition and Revision of the Dialogues, and on Hume's Arrangements for Their Post- Humous Publication
A Critical Analysis of the Main Argument of the Dialogues, with Some Explanatory Notes1
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Index of Proper Names
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ISBN: 9780140445367 ISBN-10: 0140445366 Series: Penguin Classics Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 160 Published: 3rd July 1990 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1