Scepticism and Belief in Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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Springer Science & Business Media, 30 вер. 1986 р. - 167 стор.
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.
 

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The Philosophic Background to the Dialogues
1
SCEPTICISM
3
NATURAL BELIEFS
10
Introduction and Part I of the Dialogues
21
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSION CAN THERE BE A NATURAL THEOLOGY?
24
Humes Dialogues Part II
31
THE TWO VERSIONS OF THE ARGUMENT FROM DESIGN
36
PHILOS INITIAL CRITICISMS OF THE ARGUMENT FROM DESIGN
42
Humes Dialogues Part IV
67
Humes Dialogues Part V
85
Humes Dialogues Parts VIVIII
97
Humes Dialogues Part XII
121
PHILOS MITIGATED SCEPTICISM
124
CORRECTING THE UNDISTINGUISHED PYRRHONIAN DOUBTS THROUGH COMMON SENSE
127
CORRECTING THE UNDISTINGUISHED PYRRHONIAN DOUBTS THROUGH REFLECTION
146
Bibliography
157

Humes Dialogues Part III
47
THE ARTICUALTE VOICE ILLUSTRATION
50
THE LIVING VEGETABLE LIBRARY ILLLUSTRATION
58

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