Monday, 6 February 2017

Convergence of probabilities

Writing in 1864, admittedly in a religious context, John Henry Newman argued that certainty can arise not just from one compelling reason, but also from the accumulative force of certain given reasons which, taken one by one were only probabilities.

One of the reasons to cite that there could be more than one foundation for human rights.  However, what exactly are these foundations and how does one justify each one of them is a challenge.  Finding one is itself painstaking.

But I liked this understanding of Newman: individual probabilities converging to support a certainty.

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