Hume on Laws and Miracles
Hume, laws of nature, miracles
Hume famously argues that the laws of nature provide us with decisive reason to believe that any testimony of a miracle is false. In this paper, I argue that the laws of nature, as such, give us no reason at all to believe that the testimony of a miracle is false. I first argue that Hume's proof is unsuccessful if we assume the Humean view of laws, and then I argue that Hume's proof is unsuccessful even if we assume the governing view of laws. I conclude that regardless of which kind of view we adopt, the fact that a miracle is a violation of the laws of nature does not give us any reason to believe it did not happen.
Original Publication Citation
“Hume on Laws and Miracles,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly v. 92, n. 4 (2018).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rockwood, Nathan, "Hume on Laws and Miracles" (2018). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 24.
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly