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Melancholy Duty

The Hume-Gibbon Attack on Christianity

Authors: Foster, S.P.

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This book studies the complementary features of the thought of David Hume and Edward Gibbon in the complete range of its confrontation with eighteenth-century Christianity. The ten chapters explore the iconoclasm of these two philosophical historians - Hume as the premier philosopher, Gibbon as the consummate historian - as they labored to `naturalize' the study of Christianity, particularly with attention to its social and political dimensions. No other work deals as comprehensively or thoroughly with the attempt of philosophical history's challenge to Christianity. Belief in miracles and the afterlife, the dimensions of fanaticism and superstition, and the nature of religious persecution were the themes that occupied Hume and Gibbon in the making of their critique of Christianity. This book makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in a number of fields including the history of ideas, religious studies, and philosophy. It will be of interest to philosophers of religion, historians of ideas, eighteenth-century intellectual historians, scholars of the Scottish Enlightenment, and Hume and Gibbon scholars.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Melancholy Duty
Book Subtitle
The Hume-Gibbon Attack on Christianity
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
154
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2235-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2235-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4785-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4933-9
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 362
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