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'Atheism' and the Title-Page of Hume's Treatise

'Atheism' and the Title-Page of Hume's Treatise It may be necessary, as well now as heretore, for wise men to speak parables, and with a double meang, enemy may be amused, and y only who have ears to hear may hear . - Earl Shaftesbury (Characteristics: 11,1,2) this paper I will describe certa significant features title-page Treatise which have gone largely unnoticed. My discussion will focus on two features title- page. First, Treatise shares its title with a relevant and well-known work by Second, epigram title-page, which is taken from Tacitus, also serves as title for fal chapter Spoza's Tractatus ologico-Politicus. seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries Hobbes and Spoza were famous as two most fluential representatives 'aistic' or antiChristian philosophy. significance se features title-page Treatise, refore, is this important This, context Hume unambiguously alludes to se philosophers and ir 'aistic' doctres. I will argue, accords well with a proper understandg nature own anti-Christian tentions Treatise. Accordg to many Hume scholars most significant feature title-page Treatise is subtitle: "An Attempt to troduce experimental Method Reasong to MORAL SUBJECTS." More specifically, several commentators have suggested we should terpret significance this subtitle terms ambition "to become Newton Human Md." Let me open my discussion by makg one or two http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hume Studies Hume Society

'Atheism' and the Title-Page of Hume's Treatise

Hume Studies , Volume 14 (2) – Jan 26, 1988

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It may be necessary, as well now as heretore, for wise men to speak parables, and with a double meang, enemy may be amused, and y only who have ears to hear may hear . - Earl Shaftesbury (Characteristics: 11,1,2) this paper I will describe certa significant features title-page Treatise which have gone largely unnoticed. My discussion will focus on two features title- page. First, Treatise shares its title with a relevant and well-known work by Second, epigram title-page, which is taken from Tacitus, also serves as title for fal chapter Spoza's Tractatus ologico-Politicus. seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries Hobbes and Spoza were famous as two most fluential representatives 'aistic' or antiChristian philosophy. significance se features title-page Treatise, refore, is this important This, context Hume unambiguously alludes to se philosophers and ir 'aistic' doctres. I will argue, accords well with a proper understandg nature own anti-Christian tentions Treatise. Accordg to many Hume scholars most significant feature title-page Treatise is subtitle: "An Attempt to troduce experimental Method Reasong to MORAL SUBJECTS." More specifically, several commentators have suggested we should terpret significance this subtitle terms ambition "to become Newton Human Md." Let me open my discussion by makg one or two

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Published: Jan 26, 1988

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