No abiding city: Hume, naturalism and toleration
Room 11.14, Social Sciences Building
Theory and Application Research Group Seminar
Dr Samuel Clark, Lecturer in Philosophy, Lancaster University.
This paper rereads David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as dramatising a distinctive, naturalistic account of toleration. I have two purposes in mind: first, to complete and ground Hume's fragmentary explicit discussion of toleration; second, to unearth a potentially attractive alternative to more recent, Rawlsian approaches to toleration. To make my case, I connect Dialogues and the problem of toleration to the wider themes of naturalism, scepticism and their relation in Hume’s thought, before developing a new interpretation of Dialogues part 12.
Room 11.14, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds