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Unformatted text preview: Because Hume was a liberal as well as independent thinker and did not hesitate to attack popular notions concerning morality and religion, his writings created a considerable amount of opposition. He was bitterly opposed by some of the leading men of the church and was charged by them with being a heretic and an enemy of the Christian faith. On the philosophical side, he was severely criticized by the rationalists, who insisted that his teachings, if carried to their logical conclusions, would undermine not only the foundations of morality and religion but even of knowledge itself. During the century which followed Hume's death, his critics assumed that they had successfully replied to his arguments. Among philosophers and theologians, it was a generally accepted belief that many of his ideas had been refuted and his influence would continue to wane. This situation that many of his ideas had been refuted and his influence would continue to wane....
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- Fall '11