Single Idea 6958

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique]

Full Idea

A very small part of this great system, during a very short time, is very imperfectly discovered to us: and do we thence pronounce decisively concerning the origin of the whole?

Gist of Idea

How can we pronounce on a whole after a brief look at a very small part?


David Hume (Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion [1751], Part 2)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' [Penguin], p.59