Posteriori

An argument a posteriori is one from effects to cause. Thus, to prove the existence of God a posteriori, we take the works of creation and show how they manifest power, wisdom, goodness, and so on; and then we claim the inference that the maker of these things is powerful, wise, and good. Robinson Crusoe found the footprints of a man on the sand, and inferred that there must be a man on the island besides himself. (See Priori.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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