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The laws of belief : ranking theory and its philosophical applications

Author: Wolfgang Spohn
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Wolfgang Spohn presents the first full account of the dynamic laws of belief, by means of ranking theory. This book is his long-awaited presentation of ranking theory and its ramifications. He motivates and introduces the basic notion of a ranking function, which recognises degrees of belief and at the same time accounts for belief simpliciter. He provides a measurement theory for ranking functions, accounts for  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Spohn
ISBN: 9780199697502 0199697507 9780198705857 0198705859
OCLC Number: 869791581
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2012 Lakatos Award for outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science.
Description: xv, 598 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Belief and its objects --
The probabilistic way --
The representation of belief : some standard moves --
Ranking functions --
Reasons and apriority --
Conditional independence and ranking nets --
The measurement of ranks --
Supposing, updating, and reflection --
Ranks and probabilities --
Comparisons --
Laws and their confirmation --
Ceteris paribus conditions and dispositions --
Causation --
Objectification --
Justification, perception, and consciousness --
The a priori structure of reasons.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Spohn.
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Wolfgang Spohn presents the first full account of the dynamic laws of belief, by means of ranking theory, a relative of probability theory which he has pioneered since the 1980s. He offers novel  Read more...

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