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The Existence of God$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.001.0001

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Inductive Arguments

Inductive Arguments

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(p.4) 1 Inductive Arguments
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The Existence of God
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Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271672.003.0002

Inductive arguments are arguments from premises which add to the probability of conclusion and may render it probable overall (that is, more probable than not). This book considers 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 the purported explanation of the phenomena. The structure of such probabilistic argument is elucidated by the probability calculus.

Keywords:   probability, universe, inductive arguments, Kant, probability calculus

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