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Hume's Abject Failure

John Earman

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195127386
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869190 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195127382.001.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Hume's Abject Failure

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Hume's famous essay on miracles is set in the context of the larger debate that was taking place in the eighteenth century about the nature of miracles and the ability of eyewitness testimony to establish the credibility of such events. The author contents that Hume's argument against miracles is largely unoriginal and chiefly without merit where it is original. To advance the issues so provocatively posed by Hume's essay requires the tools of the probability calculus being developed by Hume's contemporaries but largely ignored by Hume.

Keywords: Bayes; eyewitness testimony; Hume; miracles; probability

Book.  228 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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1 Introduction in Hume's Abject Failure

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2 Hume's Religious Orientation in Hume's Abject Failure

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3 The Origins of Hume's Essay in Hume's Abject Failure

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5 Conceptions of Miracles in Hume's Abject Failure

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6 What a Miracle Is for Hume in Hume's Abject Failure

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8 The Structure of Hume's Essay in Hume's Abject Failure

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10 Hume, Bayes, and Price in Hume's Abject Failure

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