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Hume's Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Robert J. Fogelin


This book is primarily a textual study that demonstrates the close relationship of the Dialogues with Hume’s philosophical writings and its centrality to his relationship with skepticism. A striking feature of the Dialogues is that the arguments of Cleanthes and Philo often echo in content—even wording—claims found in Hume’s central philosophical writings: the effort to provide a rational defense of religion ends in weakening religious commitments rather than in strengthening them. It may not be clear whether Hume is expressing his own opinions through one of his characters or is using a chara ... More

Keywords: textual analysis, arguments echo wording, skepticism, everyday life, believing Christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190673505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Fogelin, author
Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College