Of Miracles and Evidential Probability: Hume’s “Abject Failure” Vindicated

Hume Studies 31 (1):37-61 (2005)
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This paper defends David Hume's "Of Miracles" from John Earman's (2000) Bayesian attack by showing that Earman misrepresents Hume's argument against believing in miracles and misunderstands Hume's epistemology of probable belief. It argues, moreover, that Hume's account of evidence is fundamentally non-mathematical and thus cannot be properly represented in a Bayesian framework. Hume's account of probability is show to be consistent with a long and laudable tradition of evidential reasoning going back to ancient Roman law.
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2005
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0319-7336
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VANOMA-8
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