Hume's Abject Failure: The Argument Against Miracles

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Preface p. vii Abbreviations p. xi Part I Hume on Miracles p. 1 2 Hume's Religious Orientation p. 4 3 The Origins of Hume's Essay p. 6 4 The Puzzles of Hume's Definitions of Miracles"""""""" p. 8 5 Conceptions of Miracles p. 9 6 What a Miracle is for Hume p. 12 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 14 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 20 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 22 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 24 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 26 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 29 7 The Eighteenth-Century Debate on Miracles p. 30 14 The Indian Prince p. 33 15 Hume's Maxim p. 38 15 Hume's Maxim p. 43 17 Hume's Diminution Principle p. 49 18 Multiple Witnessing p. 53 18 Multiple Witnessing p. 56 18 Multiple Witnessing p. 59 18 Multiple Witnessing p. 61 22 Probabilifying Religious Doctrines p. 65 23 Hume's Contrary Miracles Argument p. 67 23 Hume's Contrary Miracles Argument p. 70 Appendix: on Probability p. 75 Notes p. 77 Works Cited p. 87 Additional Bibliography p. 93 Part II The Documents p. 95 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 107 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 114 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 120 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 125 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 132 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 140 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 153 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 157 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 172 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 176 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 193 Benedict De Spinoza, a Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), Chapter 6 p. 194 Charles Babbage, Ninth Bridgewater Treatise (2d Ed. 1838), Chapter 10, """"On Hume's Argument Against Miracles"""" p. 203 Index.

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Introduction
3
Humes Religious Orientation
4
The Origins of Humes Essay
6
The Puzzles of Humes Definitions of Miracles
8
Conceptions of Miracles
9
What a Miracle Is for Hume
12
The EighteenthCentury Debate on Miracles
14
The Structure of Humes Essay
20
Humes Contrary Miracles Argument
67
Conclusion
70
Appendix on Probability
75
Notes
77
Works Cited
87
Additional Bibliography
93
The Documents
95
John Locke an Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1690 Book IV Chapters 15 and 16
97

Humes Straight Rule of Induction and His Proof against Miracles
22
Hume Bayes and Price
24
Bayes and Bayesianism
26
The BayesPrice Rejection of Humes Straight Rule
29
Hume s Stultification of Scientific Inquiry
30
The Indian Prince
33
Humes Maxim
38
What Is Humes Thesis?
43
Humes Diminution Principle
49
Multiple Witnessing
53
More Multiple Witnessing
56
What Is Right about Humes Position
59
Fall Back Positions for Hume
61
Probabilifying Religious Doctrines
65
Chapter 16 Of the Degrees of Assent
99
Benedict De Spinoza A TheologicoPolitical Treatise 1670 Chapter 6
107
Jobn Locke A Discourse of Miracles 1706
114
Samuel Clarke A Discourse Concerning the Unalterable Obligations of Natural Religion and the Truth and Certainty of the Christian Revelations 1705
120
Thomas Sherlock The Tryal of the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus nth ed 1729
125
In Answer to the Tryal of the Witnesses 1744
132
David Hume Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 1777 Section 10 Of Miracles
140
Richard Price Four Dissertations 2d ed 1768 Dissertation IV On the Importance of Christianity and the Nature of Historical Evidence and Miracles
157
George Campbell A Dissertation on Miracles 1762
176
Anonymous George Hooper? A Calculation of the Credibility of Human Testimony 1699
193
Pierre Simon Laplace A Philosophical Essay on Probability 1814 Chapter 11 Concerning the Probabilities of Testimonies
194
Charles Babbage Ninth Bridgewater Treatise 2d ecL 1838 Chapter 10 On Humes Argument against Miracles
203
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John Earman is at University of Pittsburgh.

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