Hume's Definition of Miracles Revised

American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (1):49 - 57 (1999)
Abstract
It is argued that Hume’s definition of miracle stands in need of revision because it fails to be inclusive of acts of supernatural intervention in the world which are non-law-violating. Potential revisions of the definition, due to Paul Dietl and Christopher Hughes are considered and found to be inadequate, and a new definition is put forward; a miracle is "an intended outcome of an intervention in the natural world by a supernatural agent." An objection to this definition is anticipated and a distinction is made between miracles and magic in order to address the objection
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