Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Paul Draper's 2009 SPR Presidential Address

In his 2009 presidential address to the Society for Philosophy of Religion, Draper presents a paper arguing that theists bear a heavy burden of proof. His argument is based on an application of his new theory of intrinsic probability for the probability calculus. First, he briefly explains his theory of intrinsic probability, and why it's superior to Richard Swinburne's. He then applies his theory by showing resultant problems for generating good Bayesian arguments for theism. The audio of Draper's address can be found here.

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4 comments:

Luke said...

ex-apologist,

You deconverted while in graduate school studying philosophy of religion?

Did you finish your dissertation yet?

exapologist said...

Hi Luke,

You deconverted while in graduate school studying philosophy of religion?

Yes, I deconverted while doing a PhD in Philosophy.

Did you finish your dissertation yet?

Ask me this question in about a month. ;-)

Luke said...

Cool.

Say, do you have any tips for getting access to philosophy of religion journals and articles without being a student/faculty at an academic university?

exapologist said...

Hi Luke,

An amazing new online resource (thanks largely to David Chalmers and others), is Philpapers. You can use it to browse journals, search by author, title, subject, etc. There is then a list of papers that answer to the search, with links to them. If the link takes you to a journal that doesn't let you access the article, you can often just google the author + "department of philosophy", and the paper will be at the philosopher's department webpage. If all else fails, you can always go to your closest university library to get the article you're looking for.

Best,

EA

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