Philosophy 84 (1):75-94 (2009)

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Sam Clark
Lancaster University
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This paper rereads David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as dramatising a distinctive, naturalistic account of toleration. I have two purposes in mind: first, to complete and ground Hume's fragmentary explicit discussion of toleration; second, to unearth a potentially attractive alternative to more recent, Rawlsian approaches to toleration. To make my case, I connect Dialogues and the problem of toleration to the wider themes of naturalism, scepticism and their relation in Hume's thought, before developing a new interpretation of Dialogues part 12 as political drama. Finally, I develop the Humean theory of toleration I have discovered by comparison between Rawls's and Hume's strategies for justification of a tolerant political regime
Keywords David Hume  Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion  Toleration  Dialogue form in philosophy  Literary form in philosophy
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DOI 10.1017/S0031819109000047
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