Forum Philosophicum

Volume 17, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Yann Schmitt
Pages 49-71

Hume on Miracles
The Issue of Question—Begging

Hume’s chapter “Of Miracles” has been widely discussed, and one issue is that Hume seems to simply beg the question. Hume has a strong but implicit naturalist bias when he argues against the existence of reliable testimony for miracles. In this article, I explain that Hume begs the question, despite what he says about the possibility of miracles occurring. The main point is that he never describes a violation of the laws of nature that could not be explained by scientific theories.