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What's Wrong With These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?

Peter Achinstein

in The Book of Evidence

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143898
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833023 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143892.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 What's Wrong With These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?

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Counterexamples are presented against the two standard probabilistic theories of evidence of Ch. 3. Various responses of defenders of these probabilistic theories are considered. It is argued that evidence, by contrast to probability, is a threshold concept that requires a certain amount of probability before any evidence is present. Patrick Maher's defense of the positive relevance view of evidence is presented and rejected.

Keywords: evidence; Maher; probabilistic theory of evidence; probability; threshold

Chapter.  13911 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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