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The Foundations of Bayesian Epistemology

A Philosophical Introduction, 1st Edition

By Kenny Easwaran

Routledge

250 pages

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Description

This book introduces students and researchers to the philosophical issues at play in the growing field of formal (or Bayesian) epistemology.  It focuses not on how to do particular calculations but instead on the philosophical foundations at the convergence of belief and mathematical representation.  Its central questions are: What is the nature of quantifying belief? What is the source of its norms? How is it reasonable to represent belief numerically?  Accessible to those without any mathematical background, this book will become a much used classic in the field.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1) Belief Comes in Degrees

2) Belief Guides Action

3) Belief Aims at Truth

4) Degrees are Numerical

5) Zero isn’t Nothing

6) Norms and Idealization

7) Belief Over Time

8) Responding to Error

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI004000
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology