Hume on miracles: Would it take a miracle to believe in a miracle?

Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (1):1-29 (2007)
Given Hume’s theory of <span class='Hi'>belief</span> and <span class='Hi'>belief</span> production it is no small task to explain how it is possible for a <span class='Hi'>belief</span> in a <span class='Hi'>miracle</span> to be produced. I argue that <span class='Hi'>belief</span> in a <span class='Hi'>miracle</span> cannot be produced through Hume’s standard causal mechanisms and that although education, passion, and testimony initially seem to be promising mechanisms for producing <span class='Hi'>belief</span> in a <span class='Hi'>miracle</span>, none of these is able to produce the <span class='Hi'>belief</span> in amiracle. I conclude by explaining how this poses a problem for Hume’s theory of <span class='Hi'>belief</span> and I briefly investigate the alternatives available for solving this problem.
Keywords Hume  miracles  belief
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DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2007.tb00040.x
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