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Towards a Humean True Religion: Genuine Theism, Moderate Hope, and Practical Morality Andre C. Willis

Towards a Humean True Religion: Genuine Theism, Moderate Hope, and Practical Morality

Andre C. Willis

Published January 26th 2015
ISBN : 9780271064871
Hardcover
256 pages
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David Hume is traditionally seen as a devastating critic of religion. He is widely read as an infidel, a critic of the Christian faith, and an attacker of popular forms of worship. His reputation as irreligious is well forged among his readers, andMoreDavid Hume is traditionally seen as a devastating critic of religion. He is widely read as an infidel, a critic of the Christian faith, and an attacker of popular forms of worship. His reputation as irreligious is well forged among his readers, and his argument against miracles sits at the heart of the narrative overview of his work that perennially indoctrinates thousands of first-year philosophy students. In Toward a Humean True Religion, Andre Willis succeeds in complicating Humes split approach to religion, showing how Hume was not, in fact, dogmatically against religion in all times and places. Hume occupied a watershed moment, says Willis, when old ideas of religion were being replaced by the modern idea of religion as a set of epistemically true but speculative claims. Thus Willis repositions the relative weight of Humes antireligious sentiment, giving significance to the role of both historical and discursive forces, instead of simply relying on Humes personal animus as its driving force. Willis muses about what a Humean true religion might be and suggests we think of this as a third way between the classical and modern notions of religion. He argues that the cumulative achievements of Humes mild philosophic theism, the aim of his moral rationalism, and the conclusion of his project on the passions provide the best content for a Humean true religion.