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8/14/2009 5:28:03 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I just took a Philosophy of Religion quiz here: http://www.selectsmart.com...

My #1 was David Hume (~90%)
My #2 was Ludwig Wittgenstein (~10%)
-Everybody else had 0% match.

So, I clearly agree with David Hume a lot on Religion. I have never really heard of him before. I took a quick glance at his Wikipedia and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy pages.

Wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy page:
http://plato.stanford.edu...

My question is:
-Does anybody know who he is? If so, do you have any recommended further reading? And, are there any contemporary philosophers who share the same views?

Thank you.
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8/14/2009 8:30:28 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 5:28:03 PM, Nags wrote:
I just took a Philosophy of Religion quiz here: http://www.selectsmart.com...

My #1 was David Hume (~90%)

My question is:
-Does anybody know who he is? If so, do you have any recommended further reading? And, are there any contemporary philosophers who share the same views?


Hume's best work on religion (IMHO) is probably his Dialogues... I would recommend reading:

An Inquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion


The Dialogues can be found here: http://www.anselm.edu...
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8/14/2009 8:41:25 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 5:40:19 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Decartes.
(Whom I happen to agree with on omnipotence).
http://www.debate.org...

Descartes and Hume do NOT share the same views... For the gamut on contemporary religious philosophy (not most-modernism) you should read:

Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil"
Nietzsche's "On the Genealogy of Morals"

Descartes' "Discourse on Methods" 1, 2, and 5
Descartes' "Meditations on First Philosophy"

Pascal's "The Wager"

Spinoza's "The Ethics" Books 1 & 2

Leibniz's "Discourse on Metaphysics"

Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

Berkeley's "Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous"

Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason"
Kant's "Grounding of the Metaphysics of Morals"
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8/14/2009 8:46:37 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
My number one is Ludwig Wittgenstein. Two is Kant, and third is Hume.

I've honestly never heard of Wittgenstein, though. I did a little reading on him, and well...I suppose I haven't read enough to draw a reasonable conclusion as of yet.
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8/14/2009 8:46:38 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 5:28:03 PM, Nags wrote:
I just took a Philosophy of Religion quiz here: http://www.selectsmart.com...

My #1 was David Hume (~90%)
My #2 was Ludwig Wittgenstein (~10%)
-Everybody else had 0% match.


I seem to be quite similar:

My #1 is:David Hume (~90%)
My #2 is:Ludwig Wittgenstein (~90%)
My #3 is:Immanuel Kant (~30%)
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8/14/2009 8:52:43 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Gracias for the Hume books.

(The quiz does lack Nietzsche.)

-What's the difference between Hume and Nietzsche?

-I couldn't tell if you were talking to me or WJM with the longer reading list... Which modern/contemporary philosophers most align with Hume/Nietzsche?

I'm not very learned in the Philosophy of Religion. The only two people I really have heard of are Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. I haven't read their books or anything though. Thanks for the help.
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8/14/2009 9:06:35 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I got:
Wittgenstien
Kant
Hume
Kierkegaard

Which is interesting because I have not actually heard of the religious writings of most of these people.
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8/14/2009 9:16:46 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 8:52:43 PM, Nags wrote:
Gracias for the Hume books.

(The quiz does lack Nietzsche.)

-What's the difference between Hume and Nietzsche?

Nietzsche hates religion, especially Christianity, and has penned his own religious parodies of sorts in "The Anti-Christ" and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" whereas Hume remains somewhat optimistically agnostic, deciding it's better to be cautious.

-I couldn't tell if you were talking to me or WJM with the longer reading list... Which modern/contemporary philosophers most align with Hume/Nietzsche?

Both of you actually - more WJM because his comment was wrong - lol. But Nietzsche IS a contemporary philosopher... Hume is a more of a modernist... it's kind of a gray area, especially because people tend to think of contemporary as "still alive" whereas in philosophy that's usually referred to as the postmodernism.

I'm not very learned in the Philosophy of Religion. The only two people I really have heard of are Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. I haven't read their books or anything though. Thanks for the help.

A great book in a similar vein:

"Atheism: The Case Against God" by George H. Smith.
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8/14/2009 10:25:41 PM
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Immanuel Kant by a long shot. Little green bar was almost all the way to the right. #2 was Ludwig Wittgenstein and the little green bar was only half the length of the first one.

I haven't read much of Kant's work, but I have quoted some things. I'm still unsure as to his general philosophy.
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8/14/2009 11:30:42 PM
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Ha, David Hume was my #11.

1 - Alvin Plantinga

2 - Soren Kierkegaard

3 - William of Ockham

But all were relatively tied, judging from the green indicator. Close enough to consider #1a, #1b, #1c and the list's #4 as my #2.

Rene Descartes was that runner-up, or #4.
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8/15/2009 12:10:27 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 10:25:41 PM, Kleptin wrote:

I haven't read much of Kant's work, but I have quoted some things. I'm still unsure as to his general philosophy.

Kant on God: Noumenal is here; Phenomenal is there. We can't muck about in the phenomenal, much less answer a metaphysical question like God. So basically, even though we may see reality in a certain way, that doesn't mean we can see God, if he even exists.
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8/15/2009 7:04:41 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 8:41:25 PM, JustCallMeTarzan wrote:
At 8/14/2009 5:40:19 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Decartes.
(Whom I happen to agree with on omnipotence).
http://www.debate.org...

Descartes and Hume do NOT share the same views... For the gamut on contemporary religious philosophy (not most-modernism) you should read:

Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil"
Nietzsche's "On the Genealogy of Morals"

Descartes' "Discourse on Methods" 1, 2, and 5
Descartes' "Meditations on First Philosophy"

Pascal's "The Wager"

Spinoza's "The Ethics" Books 1 & 2

Leibniz's "Discourse on Metaphysics"

Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

Berkeley's "Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous"

Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason"
Kant's "Grounding of the Metaphysics of Morals"

*swoon* look at the size of his brain.. dreamy.
The Cross.. the Cross.
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8/15/2009 7:08:02 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
WHERE is the wise?
WHERE is the scribe?
WHERE is the disputer of this age?
HAS not God made FOOLISH the wisdom of this world?

Someone once said 'God is dead.'
This is the opposite of the Truth: WE are dead in our iniquity.
Jesus Christ IS the Life!
The Cross.. the Cross.
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8/15/2009 7:41:24 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/14/2009 8:46:37 PM, patsox834 wrote:
My number one is Ludwig Wittgenstein. Two is Kant, and third is Hume.

I've honestly never heard of Wittgenstein, though. I did a little reading on him, and well...I suppose I haven't read enough to draw a reasonable conclusion as of yet.

Kant lolz
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8/15/2009 10:01:57 AM
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Though I like to engage in philosophy, I have never really felt much need to read up on or study philosophy.
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8/15/2009 10:20:11 AM
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Hume 85% Wittgenstein 20%...
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8/15/2009 10:24:34 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/15/2009 9:43:12 AM, wjmelements wrote:
No one else is even close to me.

Probably because I think every other person that has posted so far has been Agnostic/Atheist.
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8/15/2009 10:31:41 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/15/2009 10:24:34 AM, Nags wrote:
At 8/15/2009 9:43:12 AM, wjmelements wrote:
No one else is even close to me.

Probably because I think every other person that has posted so far has been Agnostic/Atheist.

I am neither agnostic or atheist. I just don't have a name for it.
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8/16/2009 12:16:38 PM
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My #1 is:Rene Descartes
My #2 is:David Hume
My #3 is:Richard Swinburne
My #4 is:Anselm of Canterbury
My #5 is:Ludwig Wittgenstein
My #6 is:Soren Kierkegaard
My #7 is:Alvin Plantinga
My #8 is:Thomas Aquinas
My #9 is:Saint Augustine
My #10 is:Immanuel Kant
My #11 is:William of Ockham
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8/16/2009 6:16:46 PM
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In terms of religion, those philosophers are rather narrowly spaced. So I'm not surprised that you (Nags) and I have the same top two. http://www.debate.org...
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8/16/2009 6:36:49 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 8/16/2009 12:16:38 PM, Lexicaholic wrote:
My #1 is:Rene Descartes

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