Philosophy Colloquium - David Miller, The University of Warwick

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Taliaferro : 1103
Event Type(s): Colloquium

"If You Must Do Confirmation Theory, Do It This Way"

In this talk I begin to draw together, and package into a coherent philosophical position, a number of ideas that in the last 25 years I have alluded to, or sometimes stated explicitly, concerning the properties and the merits of the measure of deductive dependence q(c | a) of one proposition c on another proposition a; that is, the measure to which the (deductive) content of c is included within the content of a. At an intuitive level the function q is not easily distinguished from the logically interpreted probability function p that may, in finite cases, be defined from it by the formula p(a | c) = q(c2 | a2), where the accent represents negation, and indeed in many applications the numerical values of p(c | a) and q(c | a) may not differ much. But the epistemological value of the function q, I shall maintain.....

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