Bayes s Theorem

Author: Richard Swinburne
Publisher: OUP/British Academy
ISBN: 0197263410
Release Date: 2005-05-12
Genre: Mathematics

Bayes's theorem is a tool for assessing how probable evidence makes some hypothesis. The papers in this volume consider the worth and applicability of the theorem. Richard Swinburne sets out the philosophical issues. Elliott Sober argues that there are other criteria for assessing hypotheses. Colin Howson, Philip Dawid and John Earman consider how the theorem can be used in statistical science, in weighing evidence in criminal trials, and in assessing evidence for the occurrence of miracles. David Miller argues for the worth of the probability calculus as a tool for measuring propensities in nature rather than the strength of evidence. The volume ends with the original paper containing the theorem, presented to the Royal Society in 1763.

God and the Faithfulness of Paul

Author: Christoph Heilig
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781506421681
Release Date: 2017-04-01
Genre: Religion

N. T. Wright's magnum opus Paul and the Faithfulness of God is a landmark study on the history and thought of the apostle Paul. This volume brings together a stellar group of international scholars to critically assess an array of issues in Wright's work. Essays in Part I set Wright in the context of other Pauline theologies. Part II addresses methodological issues in Wright's approach, including critical realism, historiography, intertextuality, and narrative. In Part III on context, scholars measure Wright' representation of early Judaism, Greek philosophy, paganism, and the Roman Empire. Part IV turns to Wright's exegetical decisions regarding law, covenant, and election, the "New Perspective," justification and redemption, Christology, Spirit, eschatology, and ethics. Part V at last speaks to the implications of Wright's work for the church's theology, sacraments, and mission, and for global responsibility in a "postmodern" age. The volume includes a critical response from Wright himself.

Bas van Fraassen s Approach to Representation and Models in Science

Author: Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400778382
Release Date: 2014-02-19
Genre: Science

This book analyzes Bas van Fraassen’s characterization of representation and models in science. In this regard, it presents the philosophical coordinates of his approach and pays attention to his structural empiricism as a framework for his views on scientific representations and models. These are developed here through two new contributions made by van Fraassen. In addition, there are analyses of the relation between models and reality in his approach, where the complexity of this conception is considered in detail. Furthermore, there is an examination of scientific explanation and epistemic values judgments. This volume includes a wealth of bibliographical information on his philosophy and relevant philosophical issues. Bas van Fraassen is a key figure in contemporary philosophy of science, as the prestigious Hempel Award shows. His views on scientific representation offer new ideas on how it should be characterized, and his conception of models shows a novelty that goes beyond other empiricists’ approaches of recent times. Both aspects — the characterization of scientific representation and the conception of models in science — are part of a deliberate attempt to forge a “structural empiricism,” an alternative to structural realism based on an elaborated version of empiricism.

Computer Applications for Handling Legal Evidence Police Investigation and Case Argumentation

Author: Ephraim Nissan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048189908
Release Date: 2012-06-15
Genre: Social Science

This book provides an overview of computer techniques and tools — especially from artificial intelligence (AI) — for handling legal evidence, police intelligence, crime analysis or detection, and forensic testing, with a sustained discussion of methods for the modelling of reasoning and forming an opinion about the evidence, methods for the modelling of argumentation, and computational approaches to dealing with legal, or any, narratives. By the 2000s, the modelling of reasoning on legal evidence has emerged as a significant area within the well-established field of AI & Law. An overview such as this one has never been attempted before. It offers a panoramic view of topics, techniques and tools. It is more than a survey, as topic after topic, the reader can get a closer view of approaches and techniques. One aim is to introduce practitioners of AI to the modelling legal evidence. Another aim is to introduce legal professionals, as well as the more technically oriented among law enforcement professionals, or researchers in police science, to information technology resources from which their own respective field stands to benefit. Computer scientists must not blunder into design choices resulting in tools objectionable for legal professionals, so it is important to be aware of ongoing controversies. A survey is provided of argumentation tools or methods for reasoning about the evidence. Another class of tools considered here is intended to assist in organisational aspects of managing of the evidence. Moreover, tools appropriate for crime detection, intelligence, and investigation include tools based on link analysis and data mining. Concepts and techniques are introduced, along with case studies. So are areas in the forensic sciences. Special chapters are devoted to VIRTOPSY (a procedure for legal medicine) and FLINTS (a tool for the police). This is both an introductory book (possibly a textbook), and a reference for specialists from various quarters.

Hidden Criticism

Author: Christoph Heilig
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161537955
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Religion

Paul has been regarded as being uncritical of the Roman Empire for a long time, not least because of his apparent call to obey the state in Rom 13:1-7. However, recent scholarship has questioned this assumption by pointing to "hidden criticism" in the letters of the apostle. But how can we decide, in a methodologically sound way, whether such a counter-imperial message lies beneath the surface of the text? On the basis of insights from the philosophy of science, Christoph Heilig suggests several analytical steps for examining this paradigm. He concludes that the hypothesis that we can identify critical "echoes" of the Roman Empire in Paul's letters needs to be modified for it to be maintained. In particular, concern over the danger of overt criticism and subsequent persecution do not sufficiently justify this interpretative hypothesis.

Proceedings of the British Academy

Publisher: British Academy
ISBN: IND:30000096512599
Release Date: 2005-03-24
Genre: History

Volume 125 of the Proceedings of the British Academy contains 15 lectures delivered at the British Acaademy in 2003.

Rethinking Evidence

Author: William Twining
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139453219
Release Date: 2006-06-01
Genre: Law

The Law of Evidence has traditionally been perceived as a dry, highly technical, and mysterious subject. This book argues that problems of evidence in law are closely related to the handling of evidence in other kinds of practical decision-making and other academic disciplines, that it is closely related to common sense and that it is an interesting, lively and accessible subject. These essays develop a readable, coherent historical and theoretical perspective about problems of proof, evidence, and inferential reasoning in law. Although each essay is self-standing, they are woven together to present a sustained argument for a broad inter-disciplinary approach to evidence in litigation, in which the rules of evidence play a subordinate, though significant, role. This revised and enlarged edition includes a revised introduction, the best-known essays in the first edition, and chapters on narrative and argumentation, teaching evidence, and evidence as a multi-disciplinary subject.

Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 151 2006 Lectures

Author: Professor P.J Marshall, CBE, FBA
Publisher: OUP/British Academy
ISBN: 0197264247
Release Date: 2007-12-27
Genre: History

Volume 151 of the Proceedings of the British Academy contains 15 Lectures delivered at the British Academy in 2006. From consideration of Einstein, to discussions of coercion and consent in Nazi Germany, and judicial independence.

The philosophy of history

Author: Mark Day
Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
ISBN: STANFORD:36105124010153
Release Date: 2008-03-31
Genre: History

This book provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to all the major philosophical concepts, issues and debates raised by history.

Bayes Rule

Author: James V. Stone
Publisher: Sebtel Press
ISBN: 9780956372840
Release Date: 2013-06-01
Genre: Bayesian statistical decision theory

In this richly illustrated book, a range of accessible examples are used to show how Bayes' rule is actually a natural consequence of commonsense reasoning. The tutorial style of writing, combined with a comprehensive glossary, makes this an ideal primer for the novice who wishes to become familiar with the basic principles of Bayesian analysis.

Information Theory Inference and Learning Algorithms

Author: David J. C. MacKay
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521642981
Release Date: 2003-09-25
Genre: Computers

Fun and exciting textbook on the mathematics underpinning the most dynamic areas of modern science and engineering.

Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning

Author: David Barber
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521518147
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Genre: Computers

A practical introduction perfect for final-year undergraduate and graduate students without a solid background in linear algebra and calculus.