Hume & the Evidence of Miracles

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Intro to Philosophy / Prof. Pruim’s Notes /      Hume and the Evidence of Miracles / p.      1    IS THE EXISTENCE OF GOD DEMONSTRATED BY THE EVIDENCE OF MIRACLES? David Hume, a famous Scottish philosopher of the eighteenth century, discusses this question. In order to show that a miracle has occurred, two facts must be established: that the alleged event did indeed occur and that is miraculous. The discussion of miracles can be organized into two types of cases. Cases of Type One: we know that event E happened, but is it a miracle? An example of this type would be a case of someone’s disease suddenly going into remission, against all expectations. Such things do happen. How do we tell that the event E is a miracle? 1. Initial suggestion: “We can not explain E, so it is a miracle.” Criticism: that is too quick. Many things are unexplained without being miracles. Since we are limited in our knowledge, we cannot regard the fact that we are unable to explain an event as indicating that the event is a miracle. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PHIL 110 taught by Professor Pruim during the Spring '08 term at E. Stroudsburg.

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