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Locke’s Miracle Mistake

Sophia, Vol 61, 2022, 727-336. For those wishing to see the paper in its typeset form, here is a read-only link.


In this paper, I argue that Locke’s subjectivist definition of a miracle is the result of confusing the epistemological question of how a miracle is recognized with the ontological question of what a miracle is. In his actual treatment of miracles, he employs an objectivist understanding of miracle. 

“The considerations which led Locke to his subjectivist conception [of miracle] seem also to render it useless.”
Joseph Houston

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