Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence, and the Atheist’s Teapot

@article{Garvey2010AbsenceOE,
  title={Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence, and the Atheist’s Teapot},
  author={Brian Garvey},
  journal={Ars Disputandi},
  year={2010},
  volume={10},
  pages={22 - 9}
}
  • B. Garvey
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Philosophy
  • Ars Disputandi
Abstract Atheists often admit that there is no positive evidence for atheism. Many argue that there is nonetheless a prima facie argument, which I will refer to as the ‘teapot argument’. They liken agnosticism to remaining neutral on the existence of a teapot in outer space. The present paper argues that this analogy fails, for the person who denies such a teapot can agree with the person who a_rms it regarding every other feature of the world, which is not the case with the atheist vis-a-vis… 
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