Monday, March 2, 2009

Baggini on Hume (IV)

Julian's 4th piece on Hume is up on the Guardian website. Still no defence of his claim that:

The most pressing and telling critiques of religion not only cannot, but should not, attempt to deliver any fatal blows...

4 comments:

Emma Worley said...

According to Julian's twitter:

"Reading Hume: Beliefs form an interconnected whole. That’s why there are no knock-down arguments against religion."

I think I'd need to see the evidence for the first part of this argument - why do beliefs form an interconnected whole? And how does this suggest there are no knock-down arguments against religion? Does this not pre-suppose that atheism is a belief?

Stephen Law said...

Emma - that sounds like an argument that knock down arguments against anything are impossible.

I wonder if it's supposed to be a knock-down argument?!

Emma Worley said...

Well blow me over...

Stephen Law said...

The interconnectedness bit sounds like a reference to e.g. the Quine-Duhem thesis. Check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duhem-Quine_thesis