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In Defense of Natural Theology 4: David Hume on Meaning, Verification, and Natural Theology

08/26/2011

The author makes a few challenges. First he looks at Hume’s assertions that statements like ‘God exists’ are meaningless. The author says that Hume used a theory of language and meaning that rules out pretty much everything including it’s own claims.

I think this may be true, as logical positivism is supposed to have been a failed theory of meaning and truth.

Next the author attacks Hume’s statements about the cosmological argument.

It’s important to note that the author is seemingly only showing that Hume’s arguments fail, not that these arguments succeed. I suspect that the rest of the book is going to address the success part. I’m also uncertain as to 1. how accurate the criticisms are, and 2. how pertinent to current critiques of theism they are.

Haven’t things changed since Hume? I guess the authors make an argument that people still appeal to Hume, so this book is therefore important.

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