Journal of Scottish Philosophy 19 (1):75-89 (2021)

Gordon Graham
Durham University
This paper explores developments in the defence of theism within Scottish philosophy following Hume's Dialogues and the advent of Darwinian evolutionary biology. By examining the writings of two nineteenth-century Scottish philosophers, it aims to show that far from Darwinian biology completing Hume's destruction of natural theology, it prompted a new direction for the defence of philosophical theism. Henry Calderwood and Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison occupied, respectively, the Chairs of Moral Philosophy and Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in the late nineteenth century. Their books reveal that the challenge of articulating new grounds for philosophical theism was not motivated by a conservative desire to see off a new intellectual threat, but by a desire for a proper understanding of evolutionary biology.
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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.J. E. C., David Hume & Bruce M'Ewen - 1907 - Philosophical Review 16 (3):338.
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Evolution and man's place in nature.H. Calderwood - 1893 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 35:548-550.

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