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Bayes's Theorem

Richard Swinburne


Bayes' theorem is a tool for assessing how probable evidence makes some hypothesis. The papers in this book consider the worth and applicability of the theorem. The book sets out the philosophical issues: Elliott Sober argues that there are other criteria for assessing hypotheses; Colin Howson, Philip Dawid, and John Earman consider how the theorem can be used in statistical science, in weighing evidence in criminal trials, and in assessing evidence for the occurrence of miracles; and David Miller argues for the worth of the probability calculus as a tool for measuring propensities in nature r ... More

Keywords: Bayes' theorem, probable evidence, hypothesis, probability calculus, Royal Society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263419
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, editor
Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy