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Other Minds, Support, and Likelihoods

leeds, stephen (2004) Other Minds, Support, and Likelihoods. UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper investigates the possibility of extending the likelihood treatment of support to situations in which the evidence and the hypotheses supported by the evidence are all outcomes of a chance process. An example is when we ask how much support the observed sequence of heads and tails gives to the hypothesis that the next toss will be a head. I begin by discussing Sober’s approach to a problem of this type: that of estimating how much support the observation that I have a mind gives to the hypothesis that you do. I criticize his approach, and offer a general solution to the problem.


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leeds, stephen
Keywords: Likelihood, Support, Induction, Sober
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Depositing User: stephen leeds
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5472
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5472

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