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Bayes's Theorem$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263419

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263419.001.0001

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Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles

Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles

Chapter:
(p.91) 5 Bayes, Hume, Price, and Miracles
Source:
Bayes's Theorem
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John Earman

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263419.003.0005

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

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