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On coherent sets and the transmission of confirmation

Dietrich, Franz and Moretti, Luca (2004) On coherent sets and the transmission of confirmation. [Preprint]

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    In this paper, we identify a new and mathematically well-defined sense in which the coherence of a set of hypotheses can be truth-conducive. Our focus is not, as usually, on the probability but on the confirmation of a coherent set and its members. We show that, if evidence confirms a hypothesis, confirmation is "transmitted" to any hypotheses that are sufficiently coherent with the former hypothesis, according to some appropriate probabilistic coherence measure such as Olsson’s or Fitelson’s measure. Our findings have implications for scientific methodology, as they provide a formal rationale for the method of indirect confirmation and the method of confirming theories by confirming their parts.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This paper has been published in PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, 72(3) (July 2005)
    Keywords: Coherence, coherentism, measures of coherence, indirect confirmation, Bayesianism, truth-conduciveness, Fitelson, Olsson, Shogenij
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Depositing User: Luca Moretti
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1962

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