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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 - Simon Blackburn - The Great Debate: Can Science Tell us Right From Wrong? (6)
I'm reading Blackburn's "Truth" at the moment, and "Being Good" is next on the queue (clearly I should get "Lust" to complete the set). Here he is arguing that Sam Harris is wrong to claim that science can answer all moral questions.
sam-harris  morality  ethics  simon-blackburn  blackburn  harris  philosophy 
january 2011 by pw201
Simon Blackburn (2) - Religion and Respect - Investigating Atheism
Blackburn's interesting and slightly cheeky ("Even Christians are human") article on what it might mean to respect someone's religion. He thinks there might be something in respecting emotions but not attitudes, and bemoans religious appropriation of the sacred. Contains quote from Hume which is another example of the way Hume seems to have had everyone's ideas before they did (this time on belief in belief).
religion  respect  simon-blackburn  philosophy  hume 
february 2010 by pw201

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