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C. I. Lewis's Radical Justification of Memory

Erik J. Olsson

in Against Coherence

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279999
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279993.003.0003
C. I. Lewis's Radical Justification of Memory

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C. I. Lewis’s coherence (congruence) justification of memory is examined with respect to how well it can accommodate the troublesome facts uncovered in Ch. 2. Lewis draws on a presumed parallel between memory and testimony. Various ways for how to model witness scenarios are discussed. Distinctions are made between different kinds of witness reliability. A connection is established with Bayesian networks. Lewis is seen to underestimate the effect of the credibility of individual reports on the overall likelihood of truth.

Keywords: Bayesian network; coherence; congruence; credibility; C. I. Lewis; memory; reliability; witness testimony

Chapter.  9881 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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