The Justification of Explanation

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Justification of Explanation

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An explanatory hypothesis (whether of the personal or scientific kind) is probable insofar as it makes probable the occurrence of many observed phenomena, the occurrence of which is not probable otherwise and insofar as it is simple and fits with background knowledge. This account of the probability of hypothesis is given precise form by Bayes's Theorem.

Keywords: Bayes's Theorem; explanation; probability; simplicity

Chapter.  8674 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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