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Richard Vasquez Section 2 March 27, 2013 Sections X through XII of Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding focus much more attention toward religion. These sections consider the validity of miracles, existence of God, and skepticism. Hume states that miracles have no grounds for belief. They gain notoriety only by word-of-mouth and, therefore, are subject to fabrication. Hume then moves to the topic of God, where he recalls a conversation with a friend. The conversation depicts reasons for the belief and skepticism in a God. The final section considers the varying forms of skepticism (antecedent and consequent), reason (abstraction), and academical philosophy (which is really a “more mitigated skepticism”). Each of these, he notes have there strengths and limitations. His overall conclusion, therefore, seems to be that there is no such thing as certainty (“except the sciences of quantity and number”). There is only probability, which is gathered from the accumulation of experiences and the inferences they lend us.
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