Article ID: CBB001021365

The Theology of Large Numbers: A Conjecture (2006)


García Alonso, Marta (Author)
Serrano, David Teira (Author)

Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Volume: 2, no. 1a
Issue: 1a

Publication Date: 2006
Edition Details: (Accessed on November 18, 2010). Part of a special issue, “Bernoulli's Art of Conjecture”
Language: English

The aim of this paper is to discuss the implicit theology underlying a central assumption of the fourth part of the Ars Conjectandi the affirmation of divine omniscience and omnipotence. From the standpoint of medieval theology,Bernoulli's assumption involved two different problems:whether we were really free to choose and what moral significance aprobabilistic election may have. We will discuss its intellectual roots, exploring the correspondence with Leibniz in the light of the controversy between Dominicans and Jesuits as to God's concurrence in our actions. By way of conclusion, we will briefly discuss the moral significance that might be granted to the Ars Conjectandi from a Calvinist perspective, and in what precise sense probability was rendered a secular tool for decision making


Description On Bernoulli's exploration of probability and its application to Calvinist theology.

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Authors & Contributors
Pelletier, Arnaud
Schneider, Ivo H.
Santos Del Cerro, Jesús
Peiffer, Jeanne
Parker, Adam E.
Nagel, Fritz
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal of the History of Philosophy
History of the Human Sciences
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Johns Hopkins University Press
Franz Steiner Verlag
Cambridge University Press
Probability and statistics
Science and religion
Probabilism (philosophy)
Bernoulli, Jakob
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Bernoulli, family
Bernoulli, Johann
Simpson, Thomas
Pascal, Blaise
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
19th century
Paris (France)
Great Britain

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