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Description - Hume, Holism, and Miracles by David Johnson

David Johnson seeks to overthrow one of the widely accepted tenets of Anglo-American philosophy-that of the success of the Humean case against the rational credibility of reports of miracles. In a manner unattempted in any other single work, he meticulously examines all the main variants of Humean reasoning on the topic of miracles: Hume's own argument and its reconstructions by John Stuart Mill, J. L. Mackie, Antony Flew, Jordan Howard Sobel, and others.Hume's view, set forth in his essay "Of Miracles," has been widely thought to be correct. Johnson reviews Hume's thesis with clarity and elegance and considers the arguments of some of the most prominent defenders of Hume's case against miracles. According to Johnson, the Humean argument on this topic is entirely without merit, its purported cogency being simply a philosophical myth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801436635
ISBN-10: 080143663X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Johnson

David Johnson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He is the author of Truth without Paradox.

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