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Reliability via Synthetic A Priori – Reichenbach’s Doctoral Thesis on Probability

Eberhardt, Frederick (2006) Reliability via Synthetic A Priori – Reichenbach’s Doctoral Thesis on Probability. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Reichenbach is well known for his limiting frequency view of probability, with his most thorough account given in The Theory of Probability in 1935/49. Perhaps less known are Reichenbach's early views on probability and its epistemology. In his doctoral thesis from 1915, Reichenbach espouses a Kantian view of probability, where the convergence limit of an empirical frequency distribution is guaranteed to exist thanks to the synthetic a priori principle of lawful distribution. Reichenbach claims to have given a purely objective account of probability, while integrating the concept into a more general philosophical and epistemological framework. I will give a brief synopsis of his thesis and an analysis of his argument. Many of Reichenbach’s major developments in probability already surface – albeit in sometimes quite different form – in this early piece of work.


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Eberhardt, Frederick
Keywords: foundations of probability, causality, induction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr Frederick Eberhardt
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3211
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3211

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