Hume on Intelligent Design (Part One) by Partially Examined Life

On David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779). How would a scientifically minded person argue for God’s existence?

In Hume’s dialogue, a character named Cleanthes argues from this point of view for God’s existence based on the complexity and order apparent in nature: It looks designed. But how good is that argument, and is it enough to prove an infinite God of the traditional sort?

Stephen West from the Philosophize This! podcast joins Mark, Wes, and Dylan to talk through the roles of the different characters in the dialogue, whether their various arguments make sense, and what Hume’s actual views might be. Watch a video accompanying Mark’s episode introduction.

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Hume picture by Solomon Grundy.