Hume pp 163-196 | Cite as


  • Terence Penelhum
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Hume’s philosophy of religion has in recent years received some of the attention that its merits demand.1 It is at least on the level of his epistemological work, and although it is not without its own ambiguities, these derive in part from the absence, or near-absence, of the positive pyschological considerations that cause some of the interpretative difficulties of Book I of the Treatise. Just as Hume’s analysis of causal inferences changed the course of our philosophical understanding of the natural world, so Hume’s analysis of ‘natural religion’ had the effect of destroying a whole tradition of theological reflection. This is not to say, of course, that no examples of this tradition survive; they do and always will. It is to say that Hume has discredited this tradition utterly.


Human Nature Religious Belief Natural Theology Design Argument Human Artefact 
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© Terence Penelhum 1975

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  • Terence Penelhum
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada

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