David Hume and Arguments for Design

Devon Young, Eastern Washington University


The 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume is famous for his destructive critique of natural religion, as found in his book, the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. David Hume addresses six potentially fatal flaws with natural religion that originate from his radical skepticism of what can be known as true knowledge. This paper seeks to explain and offer potential refutations of two arguments in depth; namely, can we know of design a priori (before experiencing it) and can we know that kind A always causes kind B?