Hume's Pragmaticist Argument for the Reality of God

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 9 (1):1 - 13 (1995)
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The author examines Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion to discover a variant of the usual teleological argument that abandons reliance on analogical reasoning. This second version, never refuted in the Dialogues, is termed "pragmaticist" in Peirce's sense. It relies on an abductive hypothesis that claims not logical proof but the power of instinctual conviction. The Dialogues' espousal of sound common sense may then be viewed as an imperfectly articulated precursor of Peirce's pragmaticist argument for the reality rather than the existence of God.

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Dennis Beach
St. John's University, College of St. Benedict

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The Hume Literature, 1995.William E. Morris - 1996 - Hume Studies 22 (2):387-400.

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