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Title: Hume's Naturalistic Critique of Religion
Author(s): KAIL, Peter
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 72    Issue: 3   Date: 2010   
Pages: 481-495
DOI: 10.2143/TVF.72.3.2056204

Abstract :
My paper addresses the senses in which Hume’s naturalistic approach to religion can contribute to a critique of religion by discussing his 1757 Natural History of Religion. I compare Hume’s approach with a recent paper of Raymond Geuss in order to show that Hume’s approach to religion is not ‘naïve’ in the way that some (Geuss included) assume. I shall argue that Hume is sensitive to aspects of religion that are not concerned with the epistemic standing of a central commitment to the existence of belief.

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