David Hume

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David Hume (1711-76)

An imperisist who believed all knowledge derived from experience. Laws of nature relate to experience, therefore he trusted these.

Stated that a miracle could be defined as:

"A transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity or by the interposition of some invisible agent".

(A miracle is brought about when an 'invisible agent' affects the working of the universe).

Miracles could be coincidences.

Argued that because miracles can never be proved to have happened, they can give little support to religion.

Hume's Critique

Argued not that miracles are impossible, but that it would be impossible for us to ever prove that one had happened.

And

That it is more probable

Comments

Lauren Fox

it's empiricist. 

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