For the Sake of the Argument
Ramsey Test Conditionals, Inductive Inference and Nonmonotonic Reasoning
By (author) Isaac Levi
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For the Sake of the Argument by Isaac Levi
Book DescriptionThis 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 argument' sometimes conflict with our beliefs, and when they do, some beliefs are rejected and others retained. Thanks to such 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 nonmonotonic logic 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521039017
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Isaac Levi
Pragmatism and Inquiry, Hardback (September 2012)
This volume presents a series of essays on the nature of intellectual inquiry: what its aims are and how it operates. Isaac Levi draws upon the work of the American Pragmatists C. S. Peirce and John Dewey to investigate what justifies change in belief.
Fixation of Belief and Its Undoing, Paperback (May 2009)
This book will be of particular interest to discussion theorists, epistemologists, philosophers of science, computer scientists and cognitive psychologists.
Decisions and Revisions, Paperback (November 2006)
A collection of Isaac Levi's philosophical papers, with an introduction.
Mild Contraction, Hardback (June 2004)» View all books by Isaac Levi
Isaac Levi develops further his pioneering work in formal epistemology, focusing on the problem of belief contraction, or how rationally to relinquish old beliefs. Levi offers a completely new solution, explaining its relation to his earlier proposals.
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