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Hume's Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion$
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Robert J. Fogelin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190673505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190673505.001.0001

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Garrett on Hume’s Notion of a True Religion

Garrett on Hume’s Notion of a True Religion

(p.124) 4 Garrett on Hume’s Notion of a True Religion
Hume's Presence in The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Robert J. Fogelin

Oxford University Press

Don Garrett explains what Hume means by “true religion,” a doctrine, enunciated by Philo, that Hume regarded as true in an epistemic sense, not evaluative. Philo’s concluding assessment of the argument from design is transparently epistemic: “The cause or causes of order in the universe probably bear some remote analogy to human intelligence.” The level of probability may be low, the content ambiguous, but it is a genuine probabilistic assessment with some evidential and analogical support. We are left with an anemic deity no theist would find acceptable.

Keywords:   Don Garrett, true religion, epistemic sense, analogical arguments, meta-analogies

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