'The Absence of God and its Contextual Significance in Hume'

David Fergusson

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Hume’s thoroughgoing religious scepticism is set within the context of the Scottish Enlightenment. Yet, against some interpreters, it is argued that, although elusive, his ‘attenuated deism’ (Gaskin) is not wholly dismissive of all forms of religious thought and practice. His position is further compared with contemporary expressions of new atheism. Despite some obvious similarities, Hume’s position is judged more nuanced both in terms of content and rhetorical strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-85
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Scottish Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Hume
  • naturalism
  • scepticism
  • religion
  • God

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