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Scepticism and Belief in Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion : International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives Inte - Stanley Tweyman

Scepticism and Belief in Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives Inte

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1986
ISBN: 9789024730902
Number Of Pages: 167

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In the pages that follow, an attempt is made to examine those sections of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion which deal with the Argument from Design - the argument which purports to prove that certain observed similarities between the design of the world and machines of human contrivance countenance reasoning by analogy to the conclusion that the cause of the design of the world resembles human intelligence. The sections which deal with the Argument from Design, and with which I am therefore concerned, are Parts I through VIII and Part XII. I argue that a clue to Hume's discussion of the Argument from Design is to be found in Section XII of the first Enquiry, in which Hume presents his most thorough analysis of philosophic dogmatism and scepticism. The Dialogues, as will be shown, follows precisely Hume's recommendations in this Section for bringing the dogmatist to the position which Hume himself endorses - 'mitigated scepticism. ' It is, then, the position of the mitigated sceptic which is elaborated in Part XII of the Dialogues. The belief in an intelligent designer of the world is shown to be akin to certain other beliefs discussed by Hume - causality, physical objects, a continuing self - which are usually referred to in the literature as 'natural beliefs. ' The mitigated sceptic's defense of the unknowability of the divine nature is seen to be in accordance with Hume's view that whatever is believed naturally cannot be known or understood.

1. The Philosophic Background to Hume's Dialogues.- Hume's Views on Reasoning.- Scepticism.- Natural Beliefs.- 2. Introduction and Part I of Hume's Dialogues.- I: Preliminary Discussion: Can There Be a Natural Theology?.- 3. Hume's Dialogues: Part II.- The Argument from Design is Presented.- The Two Versions of the Argument from Design.- Philo's Initial Criticisms of the Argument from Design.- 4. Hume's Dialogues: Part III.- Cleanthes' Illustrative Analogies.- The Articulate Voice Illustration.- The Living Vegetable Library Illustration.- 5. Hume's Dialogues: Part IV.- The First 'Inconvenience' of Anthropomorphism.- 6. Hume's Dialogues: Part V.- More 'Inconveniences' of Cleanthes' Anthropomorphism.- 7. Hume's Dialogues: Parts VI-VIII.- Competing Cosmogonies.- 8. Hume's Dialogues: Part XII.- Mitigated Scepticism and Natural Theology.- The General Thesis Restated.- Philo's Mitigated Scepticism.- Correcting the 'Undistinguished' Pyrrhonian Doubts through 'Common Sense'.- Correcting the 'Undistinguished' Pyrrhonian Doubts through 'Reflection'.

ISBN: 9789024730902
ISBN-10: 9024730902
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives Inte
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 30th September 1986
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44

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