Of Miracles David Hume Analysis

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Miracles is a problem that has been discussed and persisted for most of human history, but is one that hasn’t been discussed in-depth up until the last few centuries. David Hume is a skeptic and empiricist philosopher, meaning that he believed all knowledge comes through the senses. He argued against innate ideas, saying humans only have knowledge of things that they can directly experience. Hume is one of the first that created an analysis of miracles that included why they are created and why people so readily believe in them. In his discussion ‘Of Miracles’ in Section X of An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume’s argument that it is highly improbably for miracles to occur is plausible because no testimony given by a person can prove a miracle as it would need an …show more content…

Hume believes that all knowledge is based on evidence that we gain through the senses. He argues that if an event goes against a law of nature, saying if a miracle occurs, then it represents a single piece of evidence that goes against all the rest. For example, if we drop a heavy object, it will fall to the ground. This is not a product of reason but of a belief. If you knew for certain that dropping a heavy object would result in it falling on the ground, you would be saying you have knowledge of cause and effect. We have beliefs that certain causes will lead to certain effects based on necessary connections. A necessary connection is drawn from ones experiences of regularity and uniformity. We make connections based on our beliefs that come from the regularity of the world. There are necessary connections between things; making nature is entirely deterministic. Nature has no freedom over what its effects will produce. Things work mindlessly in nature, our belief in gravity says that

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