Hume's Definition of Miracles Revised

American Philosophical Quarterly 36 (1):49 - 57 (1999)
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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