The Blackwell Companion To Philosophy Of Religion by Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, Philip L. Quinn

By Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, Philip L. Quinn

In over seventy eight newly-commissioned essays, this extraordinary quantity presents a entire and authoritative consultant to the philosophy of religion.
Written through lots of modern best figures, the amount surveys philosophical concerns within the religions of the area, philosophical thought of faith in Western heritage, and critical currents in twentieth-century philosophy of faith.

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See Leslie (1989) for discussion. If the point of the multiverse hypothesis is to challenge the design hypothesis, on the assumption that the design hypothesis has already vanquished the hypothesis of chance, then the multiverse hypothesis is not needed. Furthermore, in comparing the multiverse hypothesis and the design hypothesis, one needs to attend to the inverse gambler’s fallacy discussed earlier. This is not to deny that there may be other evidence for the multiverse hypothesis; however, the mere fact that the constants are right in our universe does not favor that hypothesis.

This point is worth contemplating by those who think that the intelligent design hypothesis is not required to explain the detailed features of the adaptive features we observe organisms to have, but that the burden is only to address an explanandum that is logically weaker. Can an explanandum be found that is logically weak, but not too weak, so that the design argument is not caught in the snares of an OSE? 20 21 The fishing and fine-tuning examples involve extreme OSEs. More modest OSEs are also possible.

26 If the prisoner and the bystander talk to each other after the prisoner survives, what new information can the prisoner gather from the bystander’s testimony? I leave the dialectics of this conversation to the reader to explore. The problem is that the survivors know the numerator, but not the denominator, of a fraction that represents the actual frequency of survivors. To see my point, assume that the prisoners have no idea how many prisoners have gone before the firing squad, except that there must have been at least 1000.

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