The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles

2016.05.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexander George, The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles, Harvard University Press, 2016, 98pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.05.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alexander George, The Everlasting Check: Hume on Miracles, Harvard University Press, 2016, 98pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674289246. Reviewed by Kenneth P. Winkler, Yale University This lovely book -- wise, humane, brief, and beautifully written -- offers both a sympathetic reconstruction of Hume's argument concerning miracles and a series of illuminating reflections on the argument's nature and significance. The book is an ideal point of entry into the argument for students and general readers, but scholars too will find that it gives them plenty to learn from -- as well as plenty to contend with. In chapter 1, Alexander George explains how Hume understands "miracle." Hume defines a miracle as "a violation of the laws of nature" ("Of Miracles," section 10, paragraph 12 in An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding), but George advises us to "turn away . . . from Hume's explicit definitions," at least at. . .

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