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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

David Hume - Author

Martin Bell - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140445367 | 160 pages | 03 Jul 1990 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘Were this world ever so perfect a production, it must still remain uncertain, whether all the excellences of the work can justly be ascribed to the workman’

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 humour, in one of the most compelling philosophical works ever written.

Based on Hume’s own manuscript, Martin Bell provides an accessible modern edition, while his fascinating introduction sets Hume’s religious scepticism in the philosophical and scientific context of its time.

 

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion - David Hume

Edited with an Introduction by Martin Bell

Introduction
Notes to Introduction
Textual Note

PAMPHILUS to HERMIPPUS

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII
Part VIII
Part IX
Part X
Part XI
Part XII

Notes
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