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New Hope for Shogenji's Coherence Measure

Schupbach, Jonah N. (2009) New Hope for Shogenji's Coherence Measure. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    I show that the two most devastating objections to Shogenji's formal account of coherence necessarily involve information sets of cardinality n>2. Given this, I surmise that the problem with Shogenji's measure has more to do with his means of generalizing the measure than with the measure itself. I defend this claim by offering an alternative generalization of Shogenji’s measure. This alternative retains the intuitive merits of the original measure while avoiding both of the relevant problems that befall it. In the light of all of this, I suggest that there is new hope for Shogenji’s analysis; Shogenji’s early and influential attempt at measuring coherence, when generalized in a subset-sensitive way, is able to clear its most troubling objections.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
    Keywords: Bayesianism; coherence; Bayesian coherentism; epistemic coherence; probability theory; measures of coherence
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Depositing User: Jonah N. Schupbach
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5461
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5461

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