Abstract

The talk will apply the concept of non-empirical confirmation to the context of modern cosmology. In cosmology, significant no-empirical confirmation tends to arise in conjunction with non-conclusive empirical confirmation. Understanding the role of non-empirical confirmation in this context thus must rely on understanding the way empirical and non-empirical evidence interact. I will look at three specific examples: the empirical evidence that supports a cosmological constant, the case for inflationary cosmology and the status of multiverse scenarios.