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The Laws of Belief: Ranking Theory and Its Philosophical Applications

Wolfgang Spohn


Ranking theory will be claimed to deliver the first full account of the dynamics of belief and to be the legitimate sister of probability theory. This entails its deep significance for fundamental issues in epistemology and the philosophy of science. Therefore this book motivates and introduces the basic notion of a ranking function, which provides a new kind of degrees ob belief that at same time accounts for belief simpliciter. It develops ranking theory in ample detail, up to algorithms of inductive reasoning. It provides a measurement theory for ranking functions. It accounts for auto-epis ... More

Keywords: ranking theory, probability theory, belief, belief change, reason, lawlikeness, ceteris paribus laws, disposition, causation, foundationalism, coherentism, apriority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wolfgang Spohn, author
University of Konstanz, Germany