"The worst ever conceived by a man of genius": Hume's probability argument in A Treatise

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The probability argument in Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature (Section 1.4.1) has been widely criticized, with David Stove calling it “the worst [argument] ever conceived by a man of genius”. We explain that the argument is open to two interpretations: one that is in accordance with probability theory and one that is not. We surmise that Hume failed to distinguish between the two, and that this contributed to the confusion surrounding the argument.
Originele taal-2English
TitelReason to Dissent
SubtitelProceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Argumentation
RedacteurenCatarina Dutilh Novaes, Henrike Jansen, Jan Albert van Laar, Bart Verheij
UitgeverijCollege Publications
Pagina's225-238
Volume3
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-84890-333-3
StatusPublished - 2020

Publicatie series

NaamStudies in Logic and Argumentation
Volume87

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