Talk:Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
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Cleanthes was not a rationalist. He was much more of an empiricist (in fact, Cleanthes even expounds some very Humean views).
Cleanthes doesn't lament the abandonment of rationalism, he abandons it.
Demea is upset by abandoning a priori arguments.
Demea should also have a larger section, making note of the fact that he emphasised the unknowable nature of God and that the arguments used for Him should be a priori.
Transfer of Cleanthes' false information to Demea. Although broadly true, the information is somewhat ambiguous and definitely incomplete.
- Changed references to correct WP style, added reference for Philo's character, fixed italic style to correct WP style. 18.104.22.168 23:17, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
The article is about Hume, and describes what he says in standard moderrn English terms; when it isn't quoting him directly, it is not constrained by 18th-century usage, nor by his terminology. Just as discussion of Hume on induction isn't constrained by the fact that he never used the word "induction", so discussion of Hume's "total rejection of the a priori arguments for god's existence" (Gaskin, Hume's Philosophy of Religion, p.109) isn't constrained by the fact that he didn't use the term "a prior". Please stop trying to remove the term, or adding ugly and pointless templates to the text. --Mel Etitis (Talk) 08:36, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
- I don't think it adds anything to the article, really. Since it has a special usage in rationalist philosophy, I think it can only distort his meaning. It is not clear that Hume thought a priori synthetic judgment was even possible. --causa sui talk 03:34, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Surely Cleanthes does not use deduction, he uses analogy. He says: "we are led to infer, by all the rules of analogy … that the Author of Nature is somewhat similar to the mind of man. … By this argument … do we prove at once the existence of a Deity." Myrvin (talk) 14:27, 22 July 2009 (UTC)