Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Saving a man from his admirers …

… A (Not So) Secular Saint - Los Angeles Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Most significantly, Larsen offers the first close reading of Mill’s “Theism” essay that this philosopher has encountered — which says more about our philosophical curricula than it does about Mill. In this late text, published posthumously, Mill arrives at a position that philosophers today would call “probabilist theism.” After assessing the evidence, Mill judged that there was “a large balance of probability in favour of their being a Creator.” He would make similar conclusions about the immortality of the soul and the possibility of Christ as a revelation of God.

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