The New Synthese Historical Library

Hume's Critique of Religion: 'Sick Men's Dreams'

Authors: Bailey, Alan, O'Brien, Dan

  • Offers a distinctive interpretation of David Hume, a figure of considerable interest to today’s general educated public 
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  • Features an overview of Hume's writings on religion as well as detailed analysis of his relevant texts
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  • Carefully examines the inter-relationships between Hume's various works that discuss religion
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In this volume, authors Alan Bailey and Dan O’Brien examine the full import of David Hume’s arguments and the context of the society in which his work came to fruition. They analyze the nuanced natured of Hume's philosophical discourse and provide an informed look into his position on the possible content and rational justification of religious belief.

The authors first detail the pressures and forms of repression that confronted any 18th century thinker wishing to challenge publicly the truth of Christian theism.  From there, they offer an overview of Hume's writings on religion, paying particular attention to the inter-relationships between the various works. They show that Hume's writings on religion are best seen as an artfully constructed web of irreligious argument that seeks to push forward a radical outlook, one that only emerges when the attention shifts from the individual sections of the web to its overall structure and context. Even though there is no explicit denial in any of Hume's published writings or private correspondence of the existence of God, the implications of his arguments often seem to point strongly towards atheism.

David Hume was one of the leading British critics of Christianity and all forms of religion at a time when public utterances or published writings denying the truth of Christianity were liable to legal prosecution. His philosophical and historical writings offer a sustained and remarkably open critique of religion that is unmatched by any previous author writing in English.  Yet, despite Hume’s widespread reputation amongst his contemporaries for extreme irreligion, the subtle and measured manner in which he presents his position means that it remains far from clear how radical his views actually were.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Hume the Infidel

    Bailey, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Blasphemy, Dissimulation, and Humean Prudence

    Bailey, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 23-45

  • Hume’s Writings on Religion

    Bailey, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 47-64

  • Hume on the Intelligibility of Religious Discourse

    Bailey, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 65-77

  • Epistemological Scepticism and Religious Belief

    Bailey, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 79-94

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 6, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7690-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hume's Critique of Religion: 'Sick Men's Dreams'
Authors
Series Title
The New Synthese Historical Library
Series Volume
72
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6615-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6615-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6614-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7690-5
Series ISSN
1879-8578
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 247
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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