Miraculous Belief: David Hume on the Possibility of Miracles
Arts and Humanities | Philosophy
Stephen Wagner, Philosophy
"Of Miracles," by David Hume, has been a hotbed of debate since its publication in 1748. In this paper, I argue for a reading of Hume's essay that takes Part I and Part II as a continuous argument, in which Hume formulates a method in Part I and applies the method to historical miracle claims in Part II. I also focus on the misinterpretations of Hume's critics and discuss how, using Hume's epistemological framework, we can come to a better understanding of the essay. In concluding, I show how Hume's methodology has practical implications for assessing any historical miracle claim based on testimony and discuss these implications for many religions founded on miraculous events.
Becker, Regan J., "Miraculous Belief: David Hume on the Possibility of Miracles" (2009). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 216.