A landmark of Enlightenment idea, Hume's An Enquiry relating Human Understanding is followed the following by way of shorter works that make clear it: A Letter from a Gentleman to His pal in Edinburgh, Hume's reaction to these accusing him of atheism, of advocating severe skepticism, and of undermining the principles of morality; and his summary of A Treatise of Human Nature, which anticipates discussions built within the Enquiry.
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Fools are industrious in propagating the imposture; whereas the clever and discovered are contented, generally, to deride its absurdity, with no informing themselves of the actual proof, wherein it can be quite refuted. And therefore the impostor above-mentioned used to be enabled to continue, from his ignorant PAPHLAGONIANS, to the enlisting of votaries, even one of the GRECIAN philosophers, and males of the main eminent rank and contrast in ROME: Nay, may possibly have interaction the eye of that sage emperor MARCUS AURELIUS;* as far as to make him belief the good fortune of an army day trip to his delusive prophecies.  the benefits are so nice, of beginning an imposture between an ignorant humans, that, even supposing the myth can be too gross to impose at the generality of them (which, although seldom, is usually the case) it has a far better likelihood for succeeding in distant international locations, than if the 1st scene were laid in a urban well known for humanities and information. the main ignorant and barbarous of those barbarians hold the file in a foreign country. None in their countrymen have a wide correspondence, or adequate credits and authority to contradict and beat down the fable. Men’s inclination to the marvellous has complete chance to reveal itself. And therefore a narrative, that is universally exploded within the position the place it was once first begun, shall cross for yes at one thousand miles distance. yet had ALEXANDER mounted his place of abode at ATHENS, the philosophers of that well known mart of studying had instantly unfold, in the course of the complete ROMAN empire, their experience of the problem; which, being supported by means of so nice authority, and displayed by way of the entire strength of cause and eloquence, had totally opened the eyes of mankind. it's actual; LUCIAN, passing accidentally via PAPHLAGONIA, had a chance of acting this stable place of work. yet, although a lot to be needed, it doesn't regularly ensue, that each ALEXANDER meets with a LUCIAN, able to reveal and realize his impostures. * 121  i could upload as a fourth cause, which diminishes the authority of prodigies, that there's no testimony for any, even these that have no longer been expressly detected, that isn't hostile by means of an enormous variety of witnesses; in order that not just the miracle destroys the credits of testimony, however the testimony destroys itself. To make this the higher understood, allow us to give some thought to, that, in concerns of faith, no matter what is assorted is opposite; and that it truly is very unlikely the religions of old ROME, of TURKEY, of SIAM, and of CHINA should still, them all, be validated on any good beginning. each miracle, as a result, pretended to were wrought in any of those religions (and them all abound in miracles), as its direct scope is to set up the actual process to which it really is attributed; so has it a similar strength, even though extra ultimately, to overthrow another approach. In destroying a rival method, it likewise destroys the credits of these miracles, on which that procedure used to be proven; in order that the entire prodigies of alternative religions are to be considered as opposite proof, and the evidences of those prodigies, even if susceptible or robust, as contrary to one another.