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Title: Topics in probabilistic epistemology
Author: Reaber, Grant
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 1532
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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Three related topics in probabilistic epistemology are studied. 1. Issues in the theory of rationality raised by cases in which eithermultiple doxastic attitudes would be warranted if you had them or none would. 2. The concept of credential deference, which lies behind David Lewis's Principal Principle, Bas van Fraassen's Reflection Principle, et al., is analyzed. Particular interest comes from considering agents who are not always certain what their own credences are. 3. The concept of conditional probability. It is argued that the ratio formula for conditional probability functions as an analytic constraint on what can count as conditional probability, yet the abiding interest of the concept stems from the different concrete relations that (often imperfectly) model this formula. The chapter traces the appearance of these concrete relations through the early centuries of probability theory, in which conditional probability went unrecognized as a distinct concept.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Knowledge ; Theory of