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  1. added 2019-01-11
    The Natural Foundations of Religion.Mark Collier - 2013 - Philosophical Psychology 27 (5):665-680.
    In the Natural history of religion, Hume attempts to understand the origin of our folk belief in gods and spirits. These investigations are not, however, purely descriptive. Hume demonstrates that ontological commitment to supernatural agents depends on motivated reasoning and illusions of control. These beliefs cannot, then, be reflectively endorsed. This proposal must be taken seriously because it receives support from recent work on our psychological responses to uncertainty. It also compares quite favorably with its main competitors in the cognitive (...)
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    Enlightenment and Secularism. Foreword From the Guest Editor.Anna Tomaszewska - 2017 - Diametros 54:1-6.
    Foreword from the Guest Editor to the special issue of Diametros – “Enlightenment and Secularism.”.
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    Hume's Philosophy of Irreligion and the Myth of British Empiricism.Paul Russell - 2016 - In The Oxford Handbook of HUME. New York, NY, USA: pp. 109-37.
    This chapter outlines an alternative interpretation of Hume’s philosophy, one that aims, among other things, to explain some of the most perplexing puzzles concerning the relationship between Hume’s skepticism and his naturalism. The key to solving these puzzles, it is argued, rests with recognizing Hume’s fundamental irreligious aims and objectives, beginning with his first and greatest work, A Treatise of Human Nature. The irreligious interpretation not only reconfigures our understanding of the unity and structure of Hume’s thought, it also provides (...)
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    Epigram, Pantheists, and Freethought in Hume's Treatise: A Study in Esoteric Communication.Paul Russell - 1993 - Journal of the History of Ideas 54 (4):659-673.
    Hume's Treatise of Human Nature was published in the form of three separate books. The first two, "Of the Understanding" and "Of the Pas- sions," were published in London in January 1739 by John Noon. The third, "Of Morals," was published independently in London by Thomas Longman in November 1740.2 The title and subtitles on all three books are the same: A Treatise of Human Nature: Being An Attempt to introduce the experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects. On the (...)
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    Causation, Cosmology and the Limits of Reason.Paul Russell - 2013 - In James Harris (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth-Century,. New York, NY, USA: pp. 599-620.
    For well over a century the dominant narrative covering the major thinkers and themes of early modern British philosophy has been that of “British Empiricism”, within which the great triumvirate of Locke-Berkeley-Hume are taken to be the dominant figures. Although it is now common to question this schema as a way of analyzing and understanding the period in question, it continues to command considerable authority and acceptance. (One likely reason for this is that no credible or plausible alternatives structures or (...)
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  6. added 2018-02-16
    An Analysis of Hume's Essay "On Suicide".Tom L. Beauchamp - 1976 - Review of Metaphysics 30 (1):73-95.
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    Economy of the Flesh: Nature and Economy in David Hume and Adam Smith.Jonathan Decle Jonathan Decle - 2014 - Dissertation, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
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    Why Did Hume Not Become an Atheist?: The Influence of Butler on Hume's Dialogues.Naoki Yajima - 2017 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 15 (3):249-260.
    This article aims to illuminate the background and intention of Hume's Dialogues. It argues that ‘Cleanthes’ is significantly modeled after Butler's thought by showing the connection between Part IX of the Dialogues and Butler's early correspondence with Clarke regarding the concepts of probability and conceivability. This clarifies Philo's ‘reversal’ in Part XII. Butler's theory of probability provides a clue to Hume's moderate skepticism which stops short of endorsing atheism. Hume presents a philosophical narrative in which readers are invited to entertain (...)
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  9. added 2017-09-04
    Hume on Religious Affect.Thomas Holden - 2007 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 89 (3):283-306.
    Although various points of Hume's canonical works hint at a critique of religious affect, his most explicit attack on such sentiments occurs in a letter of June 30th 1743 to his friend William Mure. In this letter Hume sets out an objection to all affective attitudes that are putatively directed toward God, and maintains that the Deity is not in fact the ‘natural object’ of any human passion. I examine this claim and canvass three possible interpretations of Hume's challenge to (...)
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    Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism.Thomas Holden - 2010 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Spectres of False Divinity presents a historical and critical interpretation of Hume's rejection of the existence of a deity with moral attributes. In Hume's view, no first cause or designer responsible for the ordered universe could possibly have moral attributes; nor could the existence of such a being have any real implications for human practice or conduct. Hume's case for this 'moral atheism' is a central plank of both his naturalistic agenda in metaphysics and his secularizing program in moral theory. (...)
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    Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: And Other Writings.Dorothy Coleman (ed.) - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    David Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, first published in 1779, is one of the most influential works in the philosophy of religion and the most artful instance of philosophical dialogue since the dialogues of Plato. It presents a fictional conversation between a sceptic, an orthodox Christian, and a Newtonian theist concerning evidence for the existence of an intelligent cause of nature based on observable features of the world. This edition presents it together with several of Hume's other, shorter writings about (...)
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  12. added 2015-12-11
    The *Dialogues* as Original Imitation: Cicero and the Nature of Hume's Scepticism.C. Battersby - 1979 - In D. F. Norton, N. Capaldi & W. L. Robison (eds.), McGill Hume Studies. Austin Hill Press. pp. 239-52.
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  13. added 2015-09-19
    Religion and Its Natural History.P. J. E. Kail - 2015 - Res Philosophica 92 (3):675-689.
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    Hume on Prophecy.Paddy Jane Mcshane - 2016 - Religious Studies 52 (2):213-221.
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    A Very Short Essay on Religion.Simon Blackburn - 2012 - Think 11 (32):33-36.
    My impression is that the fire-breathing atheists about whom we hear so much – the celebrated quartet of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Dan Dennett – think of religious commitments in terms of mistaken or at least hopelessly improbable and therefore irrational ontology. Believers think that something exists, but the overwhelmingly probable truth is that it does not. I may be wrong that this is what they think, but whether they do so or not, I am sure others (...)
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    EIGHTEEN. Hume on Religion.BernardHG Williams - 2009 - In The Sense of the Past: Essays in the History of Philosophy. Princeton University Press. pp. 267-274.
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    Ressentiment und ‚Wille zur Macht’: Nietzsche und Hume über Moral- und Religionskritik.Renate Reschke & Volker Gerhardt - 2006 - In Renate Reschke & Volker Gerhardt (eds.), Friedrich Nietzsche – Zwischen Musik, Philosophie Und Ressentiment. Akademie Verlag.
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    HUME D., "Dialoghi sulla religione naturale".B. A. B. A. - 1963 - Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 55:571.
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    David Hume y el enigma de los Dialogues.Fernando Bahr - 2002 - Thémata: Revista de Filosofía 28:33-45.
  20. added 2015-06-21
    Religion and Public Life: David Hume's Dialogue Within Liberalism. Hoffert - 1981 - Soc. Science Journal 19:1-18.
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    Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.Daniel Bonevac - manuscript
    It has been remarked, my Hermippus, that though the ancient philosophers conveyed most of their instruction in the form of dialogue, this method of composition has been little practised in later ages, and has seldom succeeded in the hands of those who have attempted it. Accurate and regular argument, indeed, such as is now expected of philosophical enquirers, naturally throws a man into the methodical and didactic manner; where he can immediately, without preparation, explain the point at which he aims; (...)
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    The Deity, Figured and Disfigured: Hume on Philosophical Theism and Vulgar Religion.Lee Hardy - 2013 - In Jeanine Diller & Asa Kasher (eds.), Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities. Springer. pp. 699--707.
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    In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment.Paul C. Anders - 2008 - Faith and Philosophy 25 (1):102-106.
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    Andrew Pyle, Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. [REVIEW]Alan Bailey - 2008 - Philosophy in Review 28 (4):294-296.
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    Hume's Reflection on Religion.Miguel A. Badía Cabrera - 2001
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    Reich, L.-Hume's Religious Naturalism.A. Flew - 1999 - Philosophical Books 40:26-27.
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    By the Eyes of Faith Alone: Faith, Reason, and Design in David Hume's "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion".Richard Lee Baker - 1988 - Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin
    In my dissertation, I try to solve the many philosophical and historical riddles that have swirled around Hume's Dialogues. ;The philosophical riddles concern the Argument from Design, and its general adequacy as an argument; the historical riddles concern Hume's own position on that Argument, as well as his position on religious belief in general. The latter have heretofore evaded solution because the Dialogues is a dramatic fiction in which Hume nowhere appears or announces his own beliefs. The former have proved (...)
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    Philosophical Issues in Agnosticism Since Hume and Kant.Timothy Fitzgerald - 1983 - Dissertation, University of London, King's College (United Kingdom)
    This thesis is about the philosophy, or philosophies, of agnosticism. As such it takes the form of a critical exposition of the work of five philosophers--Hume, Kant, Hamilton, Mansel and Spencer. Hume and Kant have been given considerable space because they provided much of the theoretical groundwork for the 19th century agnostics. The sceptical and critical elements in their thought created substantial doubt about the possibility of knowledge of God, or of the world as an independent reality, or the mind (...)
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    Hume's Attitude Towards Religion.Harry Robert Burns - 1974 - Dissertation, Saint Louis University
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  30. added 2015-05-17
    Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.David Hume - forthcoming - Audio CD.
    Long before the current dispute in the USA about the teaching of evolution, Hume's dialogues presented and critically analyzed the idea of intelligent design. What should we teach our children about the creation of the world? What should we teach them about religion? The characters Demea, Cleanthes, and Philo passionately present and defend different answers to that question. Demea opens the dialogue with a position derived from René Descartes and Father Malebranche — God's nature is a mystery, but God's existence (...)
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    David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and Other Writings.Dorothy Coleman (ed.) - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    David Hume's Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, first published in 1779, is one of the most influential works in the philosophy of religion and the most artful instance of philosophical dialogue since the dialogues of Plato. It presents a fictional conversation between a sceptic, an orthodox Christian, and a Newtonian theist concerning evidence for the existence of an intelligent cause of nature based on observable features of the world. This new edition presents it together with several of Hume's other, shorter writings (...)
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    Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: Audio Cd.David Hume - 2004 - Agora Publications.
    Long before the current dispute in the USA about the teaching of evolution, Hume's dialogues presented and critically analyzed the idea of intelligent design. What should we teach our children about the creation of the world? What should we teach them about religion? The characters Demea, Cleanthes, and Philo passionately present and defend different answers to that question. Demea opens the dialogue with a position derived from René Descartes and Father Malebranche — God's nature is a mystery, but God's existence (...)
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    Hume's Philosophy of Religion Lectures.Antony Flew - 1986 - Wake Forest University Press.
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    Hume, David: Religion.C. Lorkowski - 2013 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    David Hume: Religion David Hume (1711-1776) was called “Saint David” and “The Good David” by his friends, but his adversaries knew him as “The Great Infidel.” His contributions to religion have had a lasting impact and contemporary significance. Taken individually, Hume gives novel insights into many aspects of revealed and natural theology. When taken together, […].
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    Hume’s “Farther Scenes”: Maupertuis and Buffon in the Dialogues.Peter Knox-Shaw - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (2):209-230.
    While numerous sources have been found for the ideas expressed by Cleanthes and Demea in the Dialogues, Philo’s thoughts have commonly been taken to originate with Hume. It is clear, however, both from internal and external evidence, that Hume drew for his (sometimes wayward) spokesman on that mid-century ferment in the life sciences that Denis Diderot described as a “revolution.” The restoration of this context—obscured by the late publication of the Dialogues—suggests that Philo’s celebrated critique of theism is merely one (...)
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    The Hamann–Hume Connection.M. Redmond - 1987 - Religious Studies 23 (1):95-107.
    It is well known that the eighteenth century Scottish philosopher and sceptic David Hume was a severe critic of religious belief, but what may not be so familiar, and has been brought to our attention in recent years by Isaiah Berlin, is that some religious believers have found in Hume's sceptical arguments a source of nurture for their religious faith. In particular, Berlin singles out the example of Hume's contemporary, Johann Georg Hamann, a devout but unconventional believer as well as (...)
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  37. added 2015-02-08
    Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.David Hume - 2007 - In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Philosophical Review. Blackwell. pp. 338-339.
    How do we know that God exists? One of Britain's greatest 18th-century philosophers addresses the age-old question in this timeless dialogue. Equally captivating as a philosophical argument and as a work of literature, this classic is particularly relevant in terms of its criticism of the reasoning behind Intelligent Design.
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    A Gloss on Jehu’s Judgment of Hume.Laura Kennelly - 1989 - Notes and Queries 36.
    This article focuses on the work "A Resverie," by Oliver Goldsmith. The name Jehu hints that Goldsmith's objection to Hume has religious and political overtones. During the seventeenth century Puritan reformers used Jehu typologically to justify executing Charles I. Goldsmith distrusted theological dispute and philosophy. What Goldsmith woulnot do was to stress the connection between all religions and fanaticism. And perhaps, Jehu may have also served in an opposite sense, to give Whigs -- imagine a Jehu chastizing a Hume?--a comfortable (...)
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    Histoire des religions et philosophie au XVIII e siècle : le président de Brosses, David Hume et Diderot.Madeleine David - 1974 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 164 (2):145 - 160.
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    Hume and Ritschlian Theology.William T. Blackstone - 1961 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):561.
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    Hume's Reflection on Religion.Badiá Cabrera & A. M. - 2001 - Dordrecht.
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    Hume's Scepticism and His Ethical Depreciation of Religion.M. A. Badiá Cabrera - 1996 - In Popkin (ed.), Scepticism in the History of Philosophy. A Pan-American Dialogue. Dordrecht.
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    Anders Jeffner. Butler and Hume on Religion. Pp. 266. 48 Skr.Antony Flew - 1966 - Religious Studies 2 (1):142.
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    Butler and Hume on Religion: A Comparative Analysis.Anders Jeffner - 1966 - Diakonistyrelsens.
    TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDE THE ARGUMENT FROM DESIGN, THE THEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE NEW NATURAL SCIENCES, ARGUMENTS FROM MIRACLES, THE MEANING OF STATEMENTS ABOUT GOD, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE IDEA OF GOD AND VARIOUS APOLOGETIC ARGUMENTS, AND ETHICAL AND META-ETHICAL THEORIES. (BP, EDITED).
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    A Religion Without Talking: Religious Belief and Natural Belief in Hume's Philosophy of Religion Beryl Logan New York: Peter Lang, 1993. Xii + 184 Pp., $42.95 US. [REVIEW]Terence Penelhum - 1997 - Dialogue 36 (4):856-.
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    Natural Belief and Religious Belief in Hume's Philosophy.Terence Penelhum - 1983 - Philosophical Quarterly 33 (131):166-181.
    This is a re-Examination of hume's intentions in the final part of the "dialogues". It is here, If anywhere, That we find the resolution of the conflict between his naturalistic acceptance that belief has non-Rational causes, And his wish to expose religious belief as irrational. The paper amends its author's previous view that hume is shown to have accepted, At least verbally, That such a theism is a result of cleanthes' arguments, But to have maintained his secularism by showing it (...)
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    Philo’s Feigned Fideism in Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.Michael Szczekalla - 1998 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 80 (1):75-87.
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    Religion a Threat to Morality: An Attempt to Throw Some New Light on Hume's Philosophy of Religion.Gerhard Streminger - 1989 - Hume Studies 15 (2):277-293.
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    Early Responses to Hume's Writings on Religion.James Fieser (ed.) - 2001 - Thoemmes Press.
    In the past 250 years, David Hume probably had a greater impact on the field of philosophy of religion than any other single philosopher. He relentlessly attacked the standard proofs for God's existence, traditional notions of God's nature and divine governance, the connection between morality and religion, and the rationality of belief in miracles. He also advanced radical theories of the origin of religious ideas, grounding such notions in human psychology rather than in divine reality. In the last decade of (...)
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    The Religion of David Hume.Ernest Campbell Mossner - 1978 - Journal of the History of Ideas 39 (4):653 - 663.
    HUME’S PHILOSOPHICAL SUBVERSION OF RELIGION, NATURAL AND REVEALED, WAS LIFELONG: THE "RELIGIOUS HYPOTHESIS" IS EMPTY. SO I HAVE ARGUED IN A NEW READING OF THE "DIALOGUES". THE ONLY HOPE FOR HUMANITY LIES IN MAN HIMSELF. HUME DISTINGUISHES BETWEEN THE "VULGAR" AND THE "ENLIGHTENED." AT THE APEX OF THE "ENLIGHTENED" STAND THE "HEROES IN PHILOSOPHY," OF WHOM ONLY GALILEO AND NEWTON ARE SPECIFIED. THE "ENLIGHTENED" PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND KNOWLEDGE, A DUTY WE MAY VIEW AS THE "RELIGION OF MAN." QUITE POSSIBLY HUME (...)
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