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God as the simplest explanation of the universe

Abstract:

Inanimate explanation is to be analysed in terms of substances having properties and liabilities to exercise their properties under certain conditions; while personal explanation is to be analysed in terms of persons, their beliefs, powers, and purposes. A crucial criterion for an explanation being probably true is that it is (among explanations leading us to expect the data) the simplest one. Simplicity is a matter of few substances, few kinds of substances, few properties (including powers ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford
Publisher:
Akademos Press Publisher's website
Journal:
European Journal of Philosophy of Religion Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-24
Publication date:
2010
ISSN:
1689-8311
URN:
uuid:70b1c5af-4682-4818-9902-7de3aa02b0e7
Source identifiers:
617744
Local pid:
pubs:617744

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