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LOGIC AND RATIONAL BELIEF

David Christensen

in Putting Logic in its Place

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263257
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263256.003.0001
LOGIC AND RATIONAL BELIEF

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Sets up parameters for the book's approach — focuses on epistemic (rather than pragmatic) rationality; looks at conditions on simultaneous rational beliefs (rather than on rational changes of belief); and concentrates on global rationality—conditions for an agent's whole system of beliefs (rather than on local conditions for the rationality of particular beliefs). These choices are designed to focus the inquiry where formal logic is most likely to be useful in characterizing ideal rationality.

Keywords: change of belief; epistemic rationality; global rationality; pragmatic rationality; simultaneous beliefs

Chapter.  3644 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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