Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hume on antecedent probabilities and claims not worth investigating

Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of witches or hobgoblins or fairies, and canvass particularly the evidence? I never knew any one, that examined and deliberated about nonsense who did not believe it before the end of his inquiries.
David Hume, in a letter to Rev. Hugh Blair, 1761. [In Greig JYT (ed.). 1969. The Letters  of David Hume. Vol. 1. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 350.]

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