Philo 9 (2):131-143 (2006)

Paul Neiman
Weber State University
In the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Philo and Cleanthes make use of irregular arguments—arguments whose veracity is founded on the force and vivacity with which they strike the mind. This paper provides an analysis of the irregular arguments by the two characters in the Dialogues and by Hume in the Treatise of Human Nature. Since both characters accept the veracity of irregular arguments, it seems that they are in agreement at the end of the Dialogues. The similarity between their arguments and those Hume presents in the Treatise seem suggests that both characters represent Hume’s actual position.
Keywords Hume  Dialogues  God  design argument  Treatise on Human Nature  Cleanthes
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