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Unformatted text preview: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion In the paper Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume, an imaginary character, Cleanthes, discusses the concept of Gods existence. In the paper, he presents a version of the teleological argument for Gods existence by applying general principles in order to reach a specific conclusion. Cleanthes compares the nature of God to that of an architect and says that Gods design of the universe performs in a mechanical method. He compares Gods invention of universe to that of humans invention of machines and says that there is an order and appearance of design of the universe. Cleanthes argues that the way intelligent human beings created machines, in the same way there is an intelligent, all powerful, all knowing and benevolent being that created the universe. He says that the machine and the creator has cause and effect relationship; the human mind builds the machine as a Cause and this machine functions and operates as an Effect and he compares this with...
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2008 for the course PHIL 108 taught by Professor Mary during the Spring '08 term at Bard College.
- Spring '08