Date of Award

Summer 2005

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Starr, William

Second Advisor

Schmidt, Claudia

Third Advisor

Stohrer, Walter


It is part of the received history of Western civilization that David Hume, the famous Scottish philosopher and historian, is an unavowed opponent of all things religious. He is a dismantler of theistic proofs, a disbeliever in the life to come and miracles, and a railer against all forms of religious practices, like prayer and worship. But above all, Hume is reputed to be a champion of secularism and skepticism, since he has conclusively shown that belief in God is a vestige from an earlier, unsophisticated age...



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