Hume and the Problem of Miracles: A Solution Michael Levine

ISBN: 9789401075053

Published: September 27th 2011

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212 pages


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Hume and the Problem of Miracles: A Solution  by  Michael Levine

Hume and the Problem of Miracles: A Solution by Michael Levine
September 27th 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 212 pages | ISBN: 9789401075053 | 4.79 Mb

This book developed from sections of my doctoral dissertation, The Possibility of Religious Knowledge: Causation, Coherentism and Foundationalism, Brown University, 1982. However, it actually had its beginnings much earlier when, as anMoreThis book developed from sections of my doctoral dissertation, The Possibility of Religious Knowledge: Causation, Coherentism and Foundationalism, Brown University, 1982.

However, it actually had its beginnings much earlier when, as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, I first read Humes Of Miracles and became interested in it. (Fascinated would be too strong. ) My teacher put the following marginal comment in a paper I wrote about it: Suppose someone told you that they had been impregnated by an angel whispering into their ear.

Wouldnt you think they had gone dotty? She had spent time in England. I thought about it. I agreed that I would not have believed such testimony, but did not think this had much to do with Humes argument against belief in miracles. What surprised me even more was the secondary literature. I became convinced that Humes argument was misunderstood.

My main thesis is established in Part I. This explains Humes argument against justified belief in miracles and shows how it follows from, and is intrinsically connected with, his more general metaphysics. Part II Part I. It should give the reader a more complete understanding builds on of both the structure of Humes argument and of his crucial and questionable premises. Chapters 5 and 11 are perhaps the most technical in the book, but they are also the least necessary.

They can be skipped by the reader who is only interested in Hume on miracles.



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