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No abiding city : Hume, naturalism, & toleration.

Clark, Samuel (2009) No abiding city : Hume, naturalism, & toleration. Philosophy, 84 (1). pp. 75-94. ISSN 1469-817X

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      Abstract

      This paper rereads David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as dramatising a distinctive, naturalistic account of toleration. I have two purposes in mind: first, to complete and ground Hume's fragmentary explicit discussion of toleration; second, to unearth a potentially attractive alternative to more recent, Rawlsian approaches to toleration. To make my case, I connect Dialogues and the problem of toleration to the wider themes of naturalism, scepticism and their relation in Hume's thought, before developing a new interpretation of Dialogues part 12 as political drama. Finally, I develop the Humean theory of toleration I have discovered by comparison between Rawls's and Hume's strategies for justification of a tolerant political regime.

      Item Type: Article
      Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy
      Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHI The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Philosophy, 84 (1), pp 75-94 2009, © 2009 Cambridge University Press.
      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
      Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
      ID Code: 27201
      Deposited By: Dr Sam Clark
      Deposited On: 08 Oct 2009 09:16
      Refereed?: Yes
      Published?: Published
      Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:29
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      URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27201

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