New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xv + 150. isbn 978-0-19-067350-5.Like David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Robert J. Fogelin’s study of it was published posthumously. Professor Fogelin (1932–2016) taught philosophy at Dartmouth College from 1980 to 2001 and published widely, including other books on Hume. Readers of this journal may be most familiar with Hume’s Skepticism in the ‘Treatise of Human Nature’ (1985), A Defense of Hume on Miracles (2003), and, most recently before the book under review here, Hume’s Skeptical Crisis: A Textual Study (2009). As the author explained in his preface to the volume reviewed here, “After completing Hume’s Skeptical Crisis in 2009, I moved on to other things. Then, asked to comment on the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, I renewed with great pleasure my friendship with David Hume” (ix). The resulting book is one that will be read with pleasure and benefit by all who are interested in Hume, from seasoned scholars to newer students of Hume’s writings.This book has two sections. Section i, “A Textual Study,” provides a summary and close reading of the twelve parts of Hume’s Dialogues. Readers are introduced to the Dialogues’ three main characters: “Cleanthes (an advocate of natural
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
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