Humes Abject Failure: The Argument Against Miracles

Paperback | November 15, 2000

byJohn Earman

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This vital study offers a new interpretation of Hume's famous "Of Miracles," which notoriously argues against the possibility of miracles. By situating Hume's popular argument in the context of the eighteenth-century debate on miracles, Earman shows Hume's argument to be largely unoriginal andchiefly without merit where it is original. Yet Earman constructively conceives how progress can be made on the issues that Hume's essay so provocatively posed about the ability of eyewitness testimony to establish the credibility of marvelous and miraculous events.

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This vital study offers a new interpretation of Hume's famous "Of Miracles," which notoriously argues against the possibility of miracles. By situating Hume's popular argument in the context of the eighteenth-century debate on miracles, Earman shows Hume's argument to be largely unoriginal andchiefly without merit where it is original....

John Earman is at University of Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195127382

ISBN - 13:9780195127386

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"[the] argument itself is very clear, very cogent, and very apposite to present debates."--Mind