Date(s) - 11/21/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Katie Paxman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, November 21st. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.
Title: “Religion Founded in Skepticism: Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion”
This project takes seriously Hume’s application of a methodological skepticism to the project of arriving at positive religious belief. I will argue that the dialogue form of Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is essential to understanding his demonstration of a proper skeptical approach to religious belief, an approach which, on Hume’s view, may result in positive religious commitments despite the skeptical foundations. The main interpretive move is to show the parallels between Hume’s treatment of religion and his treatment of belief in things like causality and rationality more broadly.