Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion


Read by Leon Mire

(4.5 stars; 17 reviews)

In Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, philosopher David Hume examines whether belief in God can be rational. The work takes the form of a debate between three characters: Cleanthes, who argues that the existence and nature of God can be empirically verified; Demea, who argues that God is completely beyond human knowledge; and Philo, a philosophical skeptic widely thought to represent Hume's own beliefs.

Much of the debate centers around Cleanthes' presentation of the analogical argument from design. According to this argument, the complexity and beauty of the universe can only be explained by inferring an intelligent designer, in the same way that one would infer a designer if one came across an intricately complicated machine. Philo presents several objections to this argument, with rejoinders by Cleanthes and occasional interjections by Demea. (Summary by Leon Mire) (4 hr 1 min)

Chapters

Preface 5:32 Read by Leon Mire
Part 1 23:48 Read by Leon Mire
Part 2 27:56 Read by Leon Mire
Part 3 13:19 Read by Leon Mire
Part 4 15:21 Read by Leon Mire
Part 5 14:01 Read by Leon Mire
Part 6 13:38 Read by Leon Mire
Part 7 13:54 Read by Leon Mire
Part 8 14:21 Read by Leon Mire
Part 9 11:31 Read by Leon Mire
Part 10 24:46 Read by Leon Mire
Part 11 27:31 Read by Leon Mire
Part 12 36:19 Read by Leon Mire

Reviews

well read


(5 stars)

Very good recording. The book is a classic, and therefore I should not let my opinion of it affect the score; but note that it is basically the same old Epicurean stuff, from the empiricism to the hedonism. Definitely worthless, philosophically speaking, but entertaining and historically important.


(5 stars)

The reader's pace and tone are most apt for this linguistic logical puzzle! Its only my first hearing, never before read, so I'm going back to listen again at another suitable occasion. That Hume was such a funny human wordplayer!

Fantastic Reader


(5 stars)

The reader is clear and steady