Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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By (author) David Hume, Edited by Martin Bell

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  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 10mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 3 July 1990
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140445366
  • ISBN 13: 9780140445367
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 186,110

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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 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 conclusive evidence of God's Design. Hume's characters debate these issues with extraordinary passion, lucidity and humor, in one of the most compelling philosophical works ever written.

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Author information

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.

Table of contents

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion - David Hume Edited with an Introduction by Martin BellIntroduction Notes to Introduction Textual Note PAMPHILUS to HERMIPPUSPart I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI Part VII Part VIII Part IX Part X Part XI Part XII Notes Select Bibliography