Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Book of Evidence - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Book of Evidence

Peter Achinstein


What is required for a fact to be evidence for a hypothesis? In this book Achinstein introduces four concepts of evidence, which he calls potential, veridical, epistemic‐situation, and subjective. He defines the last three by reference to the first, and then characterizes potential evidence using a new objective epistemic interpretation of probability. The resulting theory is used to provide solutions to four ”paradoxes of evidence” (grue, ravens, lottery, and old evidence) and to a series of questions, including whether explanations or predictions furnish more evidential weight; whether indiv ... More

Keywords: epistemic‐situation evidence, evidence, explanation, paradox of evidence, Peter Achinstein, philosophy, philosophy of science, potential evidence, prediction, probability, scientific discovery, scientific evidence, subjective evidence, veridical evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195143892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Achinstein, author
Johns Hopkins University
Author Webpage