For the Sake of the Argument: Ramsey Test Conditionals, Inductive Inference and Nonmonotonic Reasoning

For the Sake of the Argument: Ramsey Test Conditionals, Inductive Inference and Nonmonotonic Reasoning

by Isaac Levi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039010

ISBN-13: 9780521039017

Pub. Date: 08/18/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book by one of the world's foremost philosophers in the fields of epistemology and logic offers an account of suppositional reasoning relevant to practical deliberation, explanation, prediction, and hypothesis testing. Suppositions made "for the sake of the argument" sometimes conflict with our beliefs, and when they do, some beliefs are rejected and others…  See more details below

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This book by one of the world's foremost philosophers in the fields of epistemology and logic offers an account of suppositional reasoning relevant to practical deliberation, explanation, prediction, and hypothesis testing. Suppositions made "for the sake of the argument" sometimes conflict with our beliefs, and when they do, some beliefs are rejected and others retained. Thanks to such hypothetical belief contravention, adding content to a supposition can undermine conclusions reached without it. Subversion can also arise because suppositional reasoning is ampliative. These two types of nonmonotonicity are the focus of this book. A detailed comparison of nonmonotonicity appropriate to both belief-contravening and ampliative suppositional reasoning reveals important differences that have been overlooked. In arguing that the distinction between belief contravening and inductive nonmonotonicity plays a far greater role in deliberation and decision than it is given credit for, this major study will be required reading for all philosophers and logicians concerned with conditionals, decision theory, and inductive inference. It will also interest those in artificial intelligence who work on expert systems, default reasoning, and nonmonotonic reasoning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039017
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2007
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Unextended Ramsey Tests18
3Modality without Modal Ontology51
4Aspects of Conditional Logic84
5Nonmonotonicity in Belief Change and Suppositional Reasoning120
6Inductive Expansion160
7Defaults200
8Matters of Degree234
9Normality and Expectation269
10Agents and Automata289
Notes292
Bibliography326
Name Index333
Subject Index335

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