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The Religious Critique behind David Hume’s Philosophy

The tercentenary of the birth of David Hume (born May 7, 1711) has seen the publication of many tributes to the man and his philosophical achievements. These are certainly deserved, since Hume is one of the greatest of the British philosophers, and recognised as such. His works are still studied intensively today—especially his treatments of inductive reasoning, causation, personal identity and the foundations of morals. However, despite this high standing, and despite the close attention his works receive, the nature of his philosophy remains elusive. The point is not that various parts are under-explored; it is, rather, that what those…

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