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Science, God and Ockham’s razor

Glass, David H. (2016) Science, God and Ockham’s razor. Philosophical Studies, n/a . pp. 1-17. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1007/s11098-016-0747-7


In discussions about the existence of God, it is sometimes claimed that the progress of science has removed the need for God. This paper uses a Bayesian analysis of Ockham’s razor to formulate and evaluate this argument, which is referred to as the science explains away God argument (SEAGA). Four different strategies for responding to this argument are presented and evaluated. It is arguedthat one of these strategies highlights how difficult it is to show that the conditions for applying Ockham’s razor are satisfied and hence why SEAGA is very unlikely to succeed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Explaining away; Ockham’s razor; Bayesian reasoning; Atheism
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ID Code:35992
Deposited By: Dr David Glass
Deposited On:10 Oct 2016 14:01
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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