Hume Studies 31 (1):165-168 (2005)

Richard Otte
University of California, Santa Cruz
In The Miracle of Theism Mackie attempts to defend Hume's argument concerning the rationality of accepting a miracle on the basis of testimony. He does this by first offering a precise account of what miracles and laws of nature are, and then by claiming that this implies that any evidence for a law of nature is also evidence against the miracle occurring. I argue that Mackie has committed a simple logical fallacy. Given Mackie's account of miracles and laws of nature, it does not follow that our evidence for natural laws makes it unlikely that a miracle occurred.
Keywords History of Philosophy  Major Philosophers  Miracles  Hume  Mackie
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ISBN(s) 0319-7336
DOI 10.1353/hms.2011.0277
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