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How not to Regain the Truth Connection: A Reply to Bovens and Hartmann

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/10.1093/0199279993.003.0008
How not to Regain the Truth Connection: A Reply to Bovens and Hartmann

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Competing ways of modelling Lewis-style witness scenarios are investigated. Luc Bovens and Stephan Hartmann’s proposal to use the principle of indifference to represent our initial ignorance as to the reliability of individual witnesses is found to be severely problematic. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of Bovens and Hartmann’s more recent work. The question as to the exact relation between their impossibility theorem and mine is left open. Their treatment of Tversky and Kahnemann’s Linda problem is found unconvincing.

Keywords: Luc Bovens; Stephan Hartmann; Kahnemann; Linda problem; principle of indifference; Tversky

Chapter.  4926 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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