Yann Schmitt

Hume on Miracles
The Issue of Question-begging

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17/1 - Spring 2012, pages 49–71
Date of online publication: 04 juin 2012
Date of publication: 04 juin 2012

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. The 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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Schmitt, Yann. “Hume on Miracles: The Issue of Question-begging.” Forum Philosophicum 17, no. 1 (2012): 49–71. doi:10.5840/forphil20121713.

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