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Spectres of False Divinity: Hume's Moral Atheism

Thomas Holden


This book presents an historical and critical interpretation of Hume's rejection of the existence of a deity with moral attributes. It argues that in Hume's view no first cause or designer responsible for the ordered universe could possibly have moral attributes; nor could the existence (or non-existence) of such a being have any real implications for human practice or conduct. Hume's case for this ‘moral atheism’ is a central plank of both his naturalistic agenda in metaphysics and his secularizing program in moral theory. It complements his wider critique of traditional theism, and threatens ... More

Keywords: atheism, deity, designer, first cause, Hume, moral atheism, moral attributes, moral theory, secularism, theism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Holden, author
University of California, Santa Barbara
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