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Who Was David Hume? by Anthony Gottlieb | The New York Review of Books
"David Hume, who died in his native Edinburgh in 1776, has become something of a hero to academic philosophers. In 2009, he won first place in a large international poll of professors and graduate students who were asked to name the dead thinker with whom they most identified. The runners-up in this peculiar race were Aristotle and Kant. Hume beat them by a comfortable margin. Socrates only just made the top twenty."
philosophy  hume  david-hume  books  review 
may 2016 by pw201
Which God Do Atheists Reject?: David Hume on Straw Gods
The theist will say that there is Something or Other that Created the universe, but they cannot tell us what this Something or Other was (other than that they call it ‘God’) nor can they say what it means for the Something or Other to Create. At most, as Anthony Kenny argues, they can say that ‘Create’ specifies some unknown and incomprehensible relationship between the Something or Other and the universe.
The atheist can agree to this much. There is some explanation for the universe’s origins. Perhaps future inquiry will reveal the explanation and we’ll be able to fill in the details.
hume  david-hume  philosophy  theology  god  atheism 
march 2016 by pw201
David Hume and the sensible knave | Ask a Philosopher
Is there a response to Hume's "sensible knave", who does evil only when he can be reasonably sure of not getting found out?
david-hume  hume  morality  knave  philosophy  glaucon 
may 2015 by pw201
Hume and subjective/objective moral values
A Twitlonger page (which I guess is what we used to call a blog post) about Hume and the varied meanings of "subjective" and "objective" wrt morality.
hume  david-hume  subjective  objective  morality 
february 2015 by pw201
Hume 10 —Atheists Nil
Simon Blackburn on Hume's Dialogues: "So is Hume himself an atheist? The word does not fit, and he never so described himself. He is much too subtle. Philo the sceptic says that we cannot understand or know anything about a transcendent reality that explains or sustains the ongoing order of nature, while the theists like Demea say that we cannot understand or know anything about the transcendent reality, which is God, that explains or sustains the ongoing order of nature. Since the inserted clause does not help us in the least, the difference between them is merely verbal. And this is Hume’s conclusion."
religion  hume  atheism  philosophy  david-hume  simon-blackburn 
may 2013 by pw201
Of Hume and Bondage - NYTimes.com
Simon Blackburn defends Hume from some sillier criticisms, and wonders what philosophy is for.
simon-blackburn  hume  david-hume  philosophy 
december 2011 by pw201
Times Higher Education - Divine irony
Blackburn's summary of Hume's "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion".
simon-blackburn  david-hume  hume  history  religion  philosophy  atheism 
december 2011 by pw201
YouTube - John Passmore on Hume: Section 1
A video discussing Hume's ideas on causality, the self and experience.
philosophy  hume  enlightenment  empiricism  video  john-passmore  david-hume 
june 2010 by pw201
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism: Was Skeptical Philosopher David Hume an Atheist?
Some interesting quotes from Hume scholars. Comes from a blog evangelising for Catholicism, so may be strongly filtered evidence, but worth a read, in any case.
philosophy  hume  atheism  david-hume  agnosticism  deism  religion  scepticism 
april 2010 by pw201

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