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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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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Philosophy, 84 (1), pp 75-94 2009, © 2009 Cambridge University Press.
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/b1
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 08:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2020 01:25

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