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Epistemology and the Psychology of Human Judgment

Michael A Bishop and J. D. Trout


This book presents a new approach to epistemology (the theory of human knowledge and reasoning). Its approach aims to liberate epistemology from the scholastic debates of standard analytic epistemology, and treat it as a branch of the philosophy of science. The approach is novel in its use of cost-benefit analysis to guide people facing real reasoning problems and in its framework for resolving normative disputes in psychology. Based on empirical data, the book shows how people can improve their reasoning by relying on Statistical Prediction Rules (SPRs). It then develops and articulates the p ... More

Keywords: epistemology, human knowledge, reasoning, Statistical Prediction Rules, SPRs, Strategic Reliabilism, normative disputes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195162293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A Bishop, author
Northern Illinois University
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J. D. Trout, author
Loyola University Chicago
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