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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

...help in the creation of this work. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong read an early version and made a number of suggestions that clarified the project. The two (no longer anonymous) readers, Don Garrett and David Owen, are both distinguished Hume scholars. Together they saved me from...

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-3

...It is an anti-Papist tract intended to show that Christian miracles did not continue into post-Apostolic times and that, for this reason, none of the later miracles claimed in support of the Roman Catholic Church should be acknowledged. When it appeared in 1749, Middleton’s...

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CHAPTER 1. The Structure of Hume’s Argument

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pp. 4-31

...He then moves quickly to apply these reflections to the special case of miracles. Perhaps Hume moves too quickly, for many commentators pay insufficient attention to these opening general reflections. Here we will proceed more slowly. Hume begins his argument by reminding his readers...

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CHAPTER 2. Two Recent Critics

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pp. 32-53

...brought against it. It seemed better to give a full exposition of his position before turning to this matter. In the last few years there has been a spate of attacks—“bashes” might be a better word—aimed at Hume’s treatment of miracles. Here I will examine two representative examples: David...

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CHAPTER 3. The Place of “Of Miracles” in Hume’s Philosophy

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pp. 54-62

...controversial matter, with commentators disagreeing even about the basic aspects of the work under consideration. Clearly I read Hume’s discussion of miracles in ways that are radically different from the readings offered by Johnson and Earman. Are there principles or guidelines...

APPENDIX 1. Hume’s Curious Relationship to Tillotson

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pp. 63-67

APPENDIX 2. “Of Miracles”

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pp. 68-88

Notes

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pp. 89-94

References

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pp. 95-96

Index

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pp. 97-101