Belief in miracles and Hume's essay

Noûs 14 (4):587-604 (1980)
Abstract
IN HIS ESSAY "OF MIRACLES" HUME DERIVES THE CONCLUSION THAT TESTIMONY CANNOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE REASON TO BELIEVE IN A MIRACLE FROM TWO PRINCIPLES; A GENERAL ONE CONCERNING THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH TESTIMONY SHOULD BE ACCEPTED, AND THE PRINCIPLES THAT TO BE BELIEVED PROPERLY TO BE A MIRACLE, AN EVENT WOULD HAVE TO VIOLATE PRINCIPLES AS WELL ESTABLISHED AS ANY CAN BE BY INFERENCES FROM EXPERIENCE. HERE IT IS ARGUED THAT BOTH OF HUME’S PRINCIPLES ARE FALSE, AFTER WHICH A POSITIVE ACCOUNT IS SKETCHED OF THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH BELIEF IN A MIRACLE WOULD BE REASONABLE
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Keith Chrzan (1984). Vindicating the “Principle of Relative Likelihood”. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 16 (1):13 - 18.
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