Chapter

Inductive Arguments

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239637.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Inductive Arguments

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Inductive arguments are arguments from premises that add to the probability of conclusion and may render it probable overall (i.e., more probable than not). I consider in this book, how far arguments from contingent phenomena (such as the existence of the Universe and its conformity to natural laws) render probable the existence of God. They are all arguments to God as purported explanation of the phenomena. The structure of such probabilistic argument is elucidated by the probability calculus.

Keywords: God; inductive argument; probabilistic argument; probability; probability calculus

Chapter.  7721 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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