How to Be an Atheist: What Modern Atheists Could Learn from David Hume

How to Be an Atheist: What Modern Atheists Could Learn from David Hume


One of the most important things
that modern atheists can learn from Hume is the limitations of
sense perception and reason, that’s just something that they
haven’t taken seriously at all. And David Hume took it very
seriously and saw that there’s really no way to rationally
justify reason whether it’s deductive logic or inductive
logic and you can’t give an argument for it that doesn’t use
it and that was a little unsettling but he was willing to
just say look that’s just the way it is. Today’s atheists just don’t take
it seriously enough and I think that has ramifications for other
things they believe, they’re so willing to just accept something
and I’m just going to trust sense experience and I’m just
going to trust reason and I mean who wouldn’t, right? And I think that’s just naive
because it shows that there’s this lack of epistemological
awareness. Another thing would be realizing
that moral values really come down to the valuer, there’s no
value out there in the world. You need a person to value and I
think one of the things that today’s atheists try to do and
they try to argue for an objective morality but I think
if they took Hume seriously they would see there is no objective
morality. For example what makes gold
valuable? Well we do, right? I mean we’re judging an act of
lying, right? Is that good, is it bad, give it
a thumbs up, the thumbs down? Depends, it’s up to you, I mean
there’s no standard out there. Hume was very aware of that and
I think today’s atheists could learn a lot from just taking
Hume seriously.

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