Laws of Belief: Ranking Theory and Its Philosophical Applications Wolfgang Spohn

ISBN: 9781280685675

Published: June 6th 2012

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Laws of Belief: Ranking Theory and Its Philosophical Applications  by  Wolfgang Spohn

Laws of Belief: Ranking Theory and Its Philosophical Applications by Wolfgang Spohn
June 6th 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 615 pages | ISBN: 9781280685675 | 7.21 Mb

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 rankingMoreWolfgang 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 auto-epistemology in ranking-theoretic terms, and explicates the basicnotion of a (deductive or non-deductive) reason. The rich philosophical applications of Spohns theory include: a new account of lawlikeness, an account of ceteris paribus laws, a new perspective on dispositions, a rich and detailed theory of deterministic causation, an understanding of naturalmodalities as an objectification of epistemic modalities, an account of the experiential basis of belief--and thus a restructuring of the debate on foundationalism and coherentism (and externalism and contextualism)--and, finally, a revival of fundamental a priori principles of reason fathoming the basics of empiricism and the relation between reason and truth, and concluding in a proof of a weak principle of causality.

All this is accompanied by thorough comparative discussions, on a generallevel as well as within each topic, and in particular with respect to probability theory.



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