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The Doomsday argument and the self-indication assumption: reply to Olum

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In a recent paper in this journal, Ken Olum attempts to refute the Doomsday argument by appealing to the self-indication assumption (SIA), the idea that your very existence gives you reason to think that there are many observers. In contrast to earlier refutation attempts that use this strategy, Olum confronts and try to counter some of the objections that have been made against SIA. We argue that his defense of SIA is unsuccessful. This does not, however, mean that one has to accept the Doom...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade
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Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
53
Issue:
210
Pages:
83-91
Publication date:
2003-01-06
ISSN:
0031-8094
URN:
uuid:88896e88-88b8-4bb3-97db-2f4da16ee5f9
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ora:1668

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