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Encyclopedia > Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion was written by skeptical philosopher David Hume. It is a fictional account about a discussion amongst Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes regarding the nature of God (and by extension, any causal metaphysical being). Through the three characters' diverse arguments supporting or opposing the attributes of God, Hume eventually asserts that God can only be known by faith alone ('see' fideism). Skepticism (Commonwealth spelling: Scepticism) can mean: Philosophical skepticism - a philosophical position in which people choose to critically examine whether the knowledge and perceptions that they have are actually true, and whether or not one can ever be said to have absolutely true knowledge; or Scientific skepticism - a scientific, or practical... David Hume David Hume (26 April 1711, 7th May by the Gregorian reckoning of his time, his birthday is celebrated by the International Humanist and Ethical Union on 7th of May)– 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian and, with Adam Smith and Thomas Reid among others, one... Philo (20 BCE - 40 CE) was an Hellenized Jewish philosopher born in Alexandria, Egypt. ... Cleanthes (c. ... // Metaphysics (Greek words meta = after/beyond and physics = nature) is a branch of philosophy concerned with the study of first principles and being (ontology). ... In Christian theology, fideism is any of a number of positions. ...

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