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Miracles – Philosophical Perspectives

6. Maurice Wiles

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Lecture

In this module, we look at Maurice Wiles’ response to miracles as violations of the laws of nature and divine intervention. In particular, we focus on (i) the necessary infrequency of miracles when regarded as violations of the laws of nature (ii) Wiles’ arguments for God’s interventions being arbitrary or partisan based on the nature of documented miracles (iii) Wiles’ deistic view and objections to Wiles’ deism (iv) how the argument from design might support the idea of a deistic God, and objections to this argument.

Course

In this course Dr Arif Ahmed (University of Cambridge) explores philosophical perspectives on miracles, with special reference to David Hume. In the first module we look at different ideas about the nature of a miracle, and introduce Hume’s argument. After that, in the second module we examine Hume’s famous argument against witness testimony as evidence for miracles. In the third module, we evaluate some objections to Hume’s argument and explore Hume’s case for the likelihood of miracle stories. In the fourth module we examine the impact of divergent religions and multiple witnesses on Hume’s account of testimony. In the fifth module, we look at responses to the independent witness argument; before turning to Maurice Wiles’ take on miracles and deism in the sixth lecture. In the seventh and final lecture, we investigate further philosophical problems concerning our understanding of what constitutes a law of nature, as well as the miracles in relation to free will and fideism.

Lecturer

Dr Arif Ahmed is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He writes mainly on decision theory, but also has an interest in religion and has debated the subject against William Lane Craig, Tariq Ramadan, Rowan Williams and others. Some of his recent publications include (as editor) Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: A Critical Guide (2010), Evidence, Decision and Causality (2014) and (as editor) Classical Philosophical Arguments: Newcomb's Problem (2018).

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Ahmed, A. (2022, April 21). Miracles – Philosophical Perspectives - Maurice Wiles [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/miracles-philosophical-perspectives/maurice-wiles

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Ahmed, Arif. "Miracles – Philosophical Perspectives – Maurice Wiles." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Apr 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/miracles-philosophical-perspectives/maurice-wiles

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