The 'true religion' of the sceptic : Penelhum reading Hume's Dialogues
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Canadian journal of philosophy. - Calgary, Alta, 1971, currens
, p. 183-197
University of Antwerp
According to Terence Penelhum, Philos confession in the last part of Humes Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion reveals on the side of the author a reconciliatory and pacifying attitude towards the liberal moderate clergy of his days. This article investigates whether another reading of this intriguing text is not more appropriate. It defends the idea that Philos speeches and Cleanthes reactions to it in the last part of the Dialogues reveal on Humes side an attitude of mild despair and isolation towards the religious culture of eighteenth-century Scotland, in both its orthodox and more moderate form.