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Hume on Miracles: Bayesian Interpretation, Multiple Testimony, and the Existence of God

Rodney D. Holder

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 49, issue 1, pages 49-65
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/49.1.49
Hume on Miracles: Bayesian Interpretation, Multiple Testimony, and the Existence of God

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Hume's argument concerning miracles is interpreted by making approximations to terms in Bayes's theorem. This formulation is then used to analyse the impact of multiple testimony. Individual testimonies which are ‘non-miraculous’ in Hume's sense can in principle be accumulated to yield a high probability both for the occurrence of a single miracle and for the occurrence of at least one of a set of miracles. Conditions are given under which testimony for miracles may provide support for the existence of God.

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