Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

sign up for Boomerang Books BulletinGet Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Between Probability and Certainty by Martin Smith

Martin Smith explores a question central to philosophy-namely, what does it take for a belief to be justified or rational? According to a widespread view, whether one has justification for believing a proposition is determined by how probable that proposition is, given one's evidence. In the present book this view is rejected and replaced with another: in order for one to have justification for believing a proposition, one's evidence must normically support it-roughly, one's evidence must make the falsity of that proposition abnormal in the sense of calling for special, independent explanation. This conception of justification bears upon a range of topics in epistemology and beyond, including the relation between justification and knowledge, the force of statistical evidence, the problem of scepticism, the lottery and preface paradoxes, the viability of multiple premise closure, the internalist/externalist debate, the psychology of human reasoning, and the relation between belief and degrees of belief. Ultimately, this way of looking at justification guides us to a new, unfamiliar picture of how we should respond to our evidence and manage our own fallibility. This picture is developed here.

Buy Between Probability and Certainty by Martin Smith from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780198755333
ISBN-10: 0198755333
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 154mm x 20mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Between Probability and Certainty by Martin Smith

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Between Probability and Certainty book by Martin Smith and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Martin Smith

Martin Smith completed a PhD at the Australian National University in 2005 and relocated to the UK in 2006. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

Books By Martin Smith

Mortal Wounds by Martin Smith
Hardback, September 2017
Dearest Jean by Martin Smith
Paperback, August 2017
Telegraph Book of the Rugby World Cup by Martin Smith
Hardback, August 2015
High Pub Walks in the Peak District by Martin Smith
Paperback, March 2014