Agnaldo Portugal

Agnaldo Portugal

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Agnaldo Portugal is Associate Professor at the University of Brasília, where teaches philosophy of religion, epistemology and philosophy of science. He received his Ph.D. from the King’s College of the University of London, and is the secretary of the Brazilian Association for Philosophy of Religion.

While at the Center, his project will deal with the relationship between scientific reasoning and religious experience. More specifically, the project intends to explore possibilities that the Bayesian approach to rationality could offer to religious epistemology other than the one adopted by Richard Swinburne in The Existence of God. In this alternative, Baye’s theorem will be employed more as a tool for understanding what is at stake in cases of disagreement, and religious experience will be taken not as much as a piece of evidence in an inductive argument, but more as a factor in the different prior probability assigned to the hypothesis of theism by one of the groups involved in the debate.