Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is a philosophical work by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, first published in 1779.

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Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is a philosophical work by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, first published in 1779. Through dialogue, three philosophers named Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes debate the nature of God’s existence. Whether these names reference specific philosophers, ancient or otherwise, remains a topic of scholarly dispute. While all three agree that a god exists, they differ sharply in opinion on God’s nature or attributes and how, or if, humankind can come to know of a deity.

Hume started writing the Dialogues in 1750 but did not complete them until 1776, shortly before his death. Based partly on Cicero’s De Natura Deorum. The Dialogues got published posthumously in 1779, originally with neither the author’s nor the publisher’s name.