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Hume's abject failure : the argument against miracles

Author: John Earman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This vital study offers a new interpretation of Hume's famous "Of Miracles," which notoriously argues against the possibility of miracles. By situating Hume's popular argument in the context of the 18th century debate on miracles, Earman shows Hume's argument to be largely unoriginal and chiefly without merit where it is original. Yet Earman constructively conceives how progress can be made on the issues that Hume's  Read more...
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Named Person: David Hume; David Hume; David Hume; David Hume; David Hume; David Hume
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Earman
ISBN: 0195127374 9780195127379 0195127382 9780195127386
OCLC Number: 42619596
Description: xi, 217 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Hume's Religious Orientation --
3. The Origins of Hume's Essay --
4. The Puzzles of Hume's Definitions of "Miracle" --
5. Conceptions of Miracles --
6. What a Miracle Is for Hume --
7. The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles --
8. The Structure of Hume's Essay --
9. Hume's Straight Rule of Induction and His "Proof" against Miracles --
10. Hume, Bayes, and Price --
11. Bayes and Bayesianism --
12. The Bayes-Price Rejection of Hume's Straight Rule --
13. Hume's Stultification of Scientific Inquiry --
14. The Indian Prince --
15. Hume's Maxim --
16. What Is Hume's Thesis? --
17. Hume's Diminution Principle --
18. Multiple Witnessing --
19. More Multiple Witnessing --
20. What Is Right about Hume's Position --
21. Fall Back Positions for Hume --
22. Probabilifying Religious Doctrines --
23. Hume's Contrary Miracles Argument --
24. Conclusion.
Responsibility: John Earman.
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Situating Hume's famous work "Of Miracles" in the context of the 18th century debate on miracles, this book shows that it is largely unoriginal. It also discusses the issues of eyewitness testimony  Read more...

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