Hume and the Metaphysical Argument A Priori

In Holland (ed.), Philosophy, Its History and Historiography (1985)
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There is a theistic argument which is discussed at least twice in the Hume corpus, both times rather perfunctorily. This perfunctoriness has carried over to some of his commentators, who are not always clear as to what the argument is or about the force of Hume’s comments on it. On page 23 of A Letter from a Gentleman to his Friend in Edinburgh Hume calls it “the metaphysical Argument a priori” and in Part 9 of Dialogues concerning Natural Religion simply “the argument a priori”.1 It is the argument of Demea.

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More on part IX of Hume's dialogues.James Franklin - 1980 - Philosophical Quarterly 30 (118):69-71.

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