Oxford university press usa publishes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, children's books, business books, dictionaries, reference books, journals, text books and more browse our more than 30000 titles on wwwoupcom/us. Michael gleghorn examines philosopher david hume's argument against miracles, showing its failure. Understanding hume's objections perhaps the most well-articulated argument against jesus' miracles comes from david hume, the great eighteenth-century scottish philosopher you're probably already familiar with it, but in case you need a refresher here is his argument, in a nutshell. I was surprised by your defense of the value of eyewitnesses it's not up to your regular level of scholarship you should review david hume's on miracles (from an inquiry concerning human understanding) in short, no amount of personal testimony is sufficient to establish a violation of natural law (or even the presence. The scottish philosopher david hume (1711-1776) launched an effective critique of miraculous claims this sceptical rationalism was a major challenge to religious belief throughout the later 18th and 19th centuries from david hume an enquiry concerning human understanding a miracle is a violation of the laws of. Hume on miracles summary philosopher david hume comes alive @ edinburgh festival fringe enjoyable philosophy activities a summary of hume on miracles.
It is acknowledged on all hands, says that learned prelate, that the authority, either of the scripture or of tradition, is founded merely in the testimony of the apostles, who were eye-witnesses to those miracles of our saviour, by which he proved his divine mission our evidence, then, for, the truth of the christian religion is less. Of miracles has 26 ratings and 3 reviews رحمان said: a simplified version of the humean argument against miracles: every experience we have confirms the. One miracle breaks the whole idea that the world is self-contained, self-creating, and self-reliant, and the one miracle which atheists should most seriously consider is the miracle of the resurrection of jesus christ the eighteenth century skeptic david hume argued that when weighing up the evidence for a miracle one had. Miracles and david hume john a cramer physics department oglethorpe university from : pscf 40 (september 1988) 131-137 david hume believed he had found an everlasting check against belief in miracles, useful as long as the world endures indeed, hume's proof has been a major skeptical influence careful.
Of miracles is the title of section x of david hume's an enquiry concerning human understanding (1748) contents [hide] 1 origins and text 2 the argument 3 criticism 4 notes 5 references 6 external links origins and text[ edit] in the 19th-century edition of hume's enquiry (in sir john lubbock's series, one. A summary of section x in david hume's an enquiry concerning human understanding learn exactly what in the case of miracles, our evidence in favor of their existence comes from the testimony of witnesses, and our evidence against them comes from their contrariety to the laws of nature both our faith in the.
The topic of hume's section on miracles is not whether miracles are possible after all, almost anything is possible, according to hume rather, what is under discussion is whether we could ever have adequate reason to believe that a miracle has happened in particular, he is concerned with whether we. Hume's essay 'of miracles' has been a focus of controversy ever since its publication the challenge to christian orthodoxy was only too evident, but the balance-of-probabilities criterion advanced by hume for determining when testimony justifies belief in miracles has also been a subject of contention among philosophers.
(for a brief discussion of some of the other arguments, see the entry david hume: writings on religion) hume tells us that we ought to proportion our certainty regarding any matter of fact to the strength of the evidence we have already examined some of the considerations that go. David hume and the probability of miracles barry gower hume studies volume xvi, number 1 (april, 1990) 17-32 your use of the hume studies archive indicates your acceptance of hume studies' terms and conditions of use, available at http://wwwhumesocietyorg/hs/about/termshtml hume studies' terms.