Hume on the Intelligibility of Religious Discourse

  • Alan Bailey
  • Dan O’Brien
Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 72)


In the Enquiry concerning Human Understanding Hume sets out an account of how we form our concepts that strongly links our stock of concepts to what we can immediately encounter in experience. Hume’s initial step is to acknowledge that there is a distinction between thought and the phenomena of sensation and sensory experience, but he then proceeds to argue that these phenomena play a causally crucial role in providing us with the materials for thought.


Religious Belief Human Mind Relative Idea Religious Believer Constant Conjunction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Bailey
    • 1
  • Dan O’Brien
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law, Social Sciences and CommunicationsUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK
  2. 2.Department of History, Philosophy and ReligionOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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