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Unit information: Philosophical Texts 1: Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion in 2014/15

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Unit name Philosophical Texts 1: Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Unit code PHIL10003
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Pyle
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

The unit concerns a classic text, Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, which it treats in an introductory fashion. The focus is on the traditional argument from the adaptations of structure to function manifest in animals and plants to the existence of an intelligent designer. This argument, set out by Carneades in the dialogue, is subjected to a searching critique by the more sceptical Philo.

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