Spectres of False Divinity: Humes Moral Atheism

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But attractive as it might be, this reconstructive reading remains very tentative. To underpin his reconstructive reading, Willis cites at various instances the writings of Hume the essayist and historian without really addressing the specific dialectics between these publications and the works of Hume the philosopher. Nor does Willis offer much analysis on the specific idea historical context in which Hume fought his intellectual battles with the still very religious minded philosophy of his Scottish native culture.

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The reader thus lacks somehow a more contextualised account of the way Hume might have come to appreciate, be it in disguise, the positive role a possible true religion could play in an emancipated Enlightenment culture. Deeply suspicious of the qualms of superstition and enthusiasm to be found throughout history in various forms of vulgar religions, Hume showed himself sceptical about the future of a combative atheism.

In the true spirit of his moderate scepticism, he embraced a sort of philosophical piety that combined the belief in a general providence with a realistic but sincere belief in the moral progress of humanity. Whether this may count as a fully religious commitment, remains open for discussion.


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