A Defense of Hume on Miracles (Princeton Monographs in by Robert J. Fogelin

By Robert J. Fogelin

Due to the fact its booklet within the mid-eighteenth century, Hume's dialogue of miracles has been the objective of critical and sometimes ill-tempered assaults. during this e-book, certainly one of our prime historians of philosophy deals a scientific reaction to those attacks.

Arguing that those criticisms have--from the very start--rested on misreadings, Robert Fogelin starts by means of delivering a story of ways Hume's argument really unfolds. What Hume's critics (and even a few of his defenders) have didn't see is that Hume's fundamental argument relies on solving the best criteria of comparing testimony awarded on behalf of a miracle. Given the definition of a miracle, Hume really quite argues that the criteria for comparing such testimony has to be tremendous excessive. Hume then argues that, in actual fact, no testimony on behalf of a spiritual miracle has even come just about assembly the ideal criteria for recognition. Fogelin illustrates that Hume's critics have constantly misunderstood the constitution of this argument--and have saddled Hume with completely lousy arguments now not present in the textual content. He responds first to a couple early critics of Hume's argument after which to 2 fresh critics, David Johnson and John Earman. Fogelin's objective, despite the fact that, isn't really to "bash the bashers," yet particularly to teach that Hume's therapy of miracles has a coherence, intensity, and gear that makes it nonetheless the simplest paintings at the topic.

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For the sake of us all, I hope so. ,” in “Behind” the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation, ed. Craig G. Bartholomew et al. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003), 101. An earlier version of this essay appeared as “Critical Studies of the New Testament and the User of the New Testament,” in Hermes and Athena: Biblical Exegesis and Philosophical Theology, ed. Flint (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 1993), 159–90. ,” 101, 105. , 101, 104. , 103. 2). 6 Sometimes the category of “incorrigible” is included here as well.

The grounds for our beliefs are internal to us, and we can get at them (if we know how and where to look). Stouter versions of internalism will insist upon quicker and more immediate access, and correspondingly will maintain that we exercise a sizable degree of control over our beliefs; weaker or more modest versions will insist only that we be able to gain the prerequisite access. But what they have in common is this conviction: for our beliefs to be truly justified, we must have access to—and corresponding responsibility for and control over—the grounds for those beliefs.

Corey is a coherentist. Corey has thought that there was a historical exodus, but he becomes aware of the “consensus” of CBS that there was not a historical exodus. He cannot square his belief in a historical exodus with the web of beliefs that include the conviction that CBS offers the best methods and that CBS will not allow belief in a historical exodus. Corey’s internalism demands that he have direct access to the grounds for his beliefs, and since he cannot access adequate grounds for belief in the historicity of the exodus, the conclusion becomes clear: intellectual honesty demands that he reject the view that there was a historical exodus.

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