Mitigated Skepticism and Hume's Liminal Natural Theology

Thomas Holden

in Spectres of False Divinity

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579945
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722776 | DOI:
Mitigated Skepticism and Hume's Liminal Natural Theology

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This chapter defends the interpretation of Hume as a moral atheist against the objection that Hume's own mitigated scepticism rules out such dogmatic commitments in natural theology. According to this objection, Hume could be a moral agnostic, perhaps, but not a moral atheist. In response it is argued, by way of a series of examples taken from Hume's texts, that his scepticism does not in fact rule out all speculation about the deity. Since these examples include, inter alia, each of Hume's arguments for moral atheism, the chapter also provides a preview of his overall case for establishing divine amorality.

Keywords: Hume; mitigated scepticism; moral agnosticism; moral atheism; natural theology; scepticism

Chapter.  10241 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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