Hume on Miracles

Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 17 (1):49-71 (2012)
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Abstract

Hume’s chapter “Of Miracles” has been widely discussed, and one issue is that Hume seems to simply beg the question. Hume has a strong but implicit naturalist bias when he argues against the existence of reliable testimony for miracles. In this article, I explain that Hume begs the question, despite what he says about the possibility of miracles occurring. e main point is that he never describes a violation of the laws of nature that could not be explained by scientific theories.

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Yann Schmitt
Classes Préparatoires - Lille, France

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