Probability in the Philosophy of Religion

Hardcover | May 3, 2012

EditorJake Chandler, Victoria S. Harrison

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Probability theory promises promising to deliver an exact and unified foundation for inquiry in epistemology and philosophy of science. But philosophy of religion is also fertile ground for the application of probabilistic thinking. This volume presents original contributions from twelvecontemporary researchers, both established and emerging, to offer a representative sample of the work currently being carried out in this potentially rich field of inquiry. Grouped into five parts, the chapters span a broad range of traditional issues in religious epistemology. The first three parts discuss the evidential impact of various considerations that have been brought to bear on the question of the existence of God. These include witness reports of the occurrence of miraculous events, the existence of complex biological adaptations, the apparent 'fine-tuning' forlife of various physical constants and the existence of seemingly unnecessary evil. The fourth part addresses a number of issues raised by Pascal's famous pragmatic argument for theistic belief. A final part offers probabilistic perspectives on the rationality of faith and the epistemic significanceof religious disagreement.

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Probability theory promises promising to deliver an exact and unified foundation for inquiry in epistemology and philosophy of science. But philosophy of religion is also fertile ground for the application of probabilistic thinking. This volume presents original contributions from twelvecontemporary researchers, both established and e...

Jake Chandler studied at King's College Cambridge, the University of Sussex, and finally King's College London, where he received a PhD in Philosophy in 2005, under the joint supervision of James Hopkins and David Papineau. Currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium, he was previously Adam ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of Contributors1. Jake Chandler and Victoria S. Harrison: Probability in the Philosophy of ReligionPart I: Testimony and Miracles2. Benjamin C. Jantzen: Peirce on Miracles: The Failure of Bayesian Analysis3. Tim McGrew and Lydia McGrew: The Reliability of Witnesses and Testimony to the Miraculous'4. Luc Bovens: Does it Matter whether a Miracle-Like Event Happens to Oneself rather than to Someone Else?Part II: Design5. David H. Glass: Can Evidence for Design be Explained Away?6. Richard Swinburne: Bayes, God, and the MultiversePart III: Evil7. Richard Otte: Comparative Confirmation and the Problem of Evil'8. Michael Tooley: Inductive Logic and the Probability that God Exists: Farewell to Sceptical TheismPart IV: Pascal's Wager9. Alan Hajek: Blaise and Bayes10. Paul Bartha: Many Gods, Many Wagers: Pascal's Wager Meets the Replicator DynamicsPart V: Faith and Disagreement11. Joshua C. Thurow: Does Religious Disagreement Actually Aid the Case for Theism?12. Lara Buchak: Can it be it Rational to Have Faith?Index