Playing Hume’s Hand
The central puzzle of the Dialogues is that Hume seems to draw back from accepting the clear implications of his own account of the infirmities of natural theology. At the beginning of section XII even Philo sounds as though he accepts some version of the argument from design. But those who venerate Hume will rightly doubt whether his nerve failed him at this crucial point. I first argue that there is no need to suppose that it did. For it seems to me that the only difficulty in recognising Hume’s own position comes from failing to appreciate the Dialogues themselves. It is only because we approach them with concepts that they themselves ‘deconstruct’ that we get into difficulties.
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