How to learn from theory-dependent evidence; or commutativity and holism: A solution for conditionalizers

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Gallow, J. Dmitri 2014. How to learn from theory-dependent evidence; or commutativity and holism: A solution for conditionalizers. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. 65 (3), pp. 493 - 519. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axs045
AuthorsGallow, J. Dmitri
Abstract

Weisberg ([2009]) provides an argument that neither conditionalization nor Jeffrey conditionalization is capable of accommodating the holist’s claim that beliefs acquired directly from experience can suffer undercutting defeat. I diagnose this failure as stemming from the fact that neither conditionalization nor Jeffrey conditionalization give any advice about how to rationally respond to theory-dependent evidence, and I propose a novel updating procedure that does tell us how to respond to evidence like this. This holistic updating rule yields conditionalization as a special case in which our evidence is entirely theory independent.

Year2014
JournalThe British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Journal citation65 (3), pp. 493 - 519
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0007-0882
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axs045
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84906063751
Page range493 - 519
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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