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Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles

John Earman

in Bayes's Theorem

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263419
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263419.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles

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This chapter discusses the Bayesian analysis of miracles. It is set in the context of the eighteenth-century debate on miracles. The discussion is focused on the probable response of Thomas Bayes to David Hume's celebrated argument against miracles. The chapter presents the claim that the criticisms Richard Price made against Hume's argument against miracles were largely solid.

Keywords: Bayesian analysis; miracles; eighteenth-century debate; David Hume; Thomas Bayes; Richard Price; argument against miracles

Chapter.  7828 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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