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2012 | 17 | 1 | 49-71
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Hume on Miracles: The Issue of Question-Begging

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Hume's chapter "Of Miracles" has been widely discussed, and one issue is that Hume seems to simply beg the question. Hume has a strong but implicit naturalist bias when he argues against the existence of reliable testimony for miracles. In this article, I explain that Hume begs the question, despite what he says about the possibility of miracles occurring. The main point is that he never describes a violation of the laws of nature that could not be explained by scientific theories.
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17
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1
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49-71
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  • Institut Catholique de Paris
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