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On the Alleged Impossibility of Bayesian Coherentism

Schupbach, Jonah N. (2007) On the Alleged Impossibility of Bayesian Coherentism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The success of Bovens and Hartmann’s recent "impossibility result" against Bayesian Coherentism relies upon the adoption of a specific set of ceteris paribus conditions. In this paper, I argue that these conditions are not clearly appropriate; certain proposed coherence measures motivate different such conditions and also call for the rejection of at least one of Bovens and Hartmann's conditions. I show that there exist sets of intuitively plausible ceteris paribus conditions that allow one to sidestep the impossibility result. This shifts the debate from the merits of the impossibility result itself to the underlying choice of ceteris paribus conditions.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Bayesian Coherentism, coherence, coherence measures, Bayesianism, impossibility result
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Depositing User: Jonah N. Schupbach
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3408
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3408

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