Chapter

Evidence

José L. Zalabardo

in Scepticism and Reliable Belief

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656073
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656073.003.0004
Evidence

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This chapter provides an account of how a proposition E has to be related to a proposition H in order to make it possible for someone to know H inferentially on the basis of the evidence provided by E. It argues that the relationship between E and H that does the job is an objective, contingent probabilistic relation. More specifically, evidential support requires a high likelihood ratio and a high value for the probability of H given E. The resulting account of evidential support is very close to the theory of evidence presented in Sherrilyn Roush’s recent book.

Keywords: evidence; probability; confirmation; support; Sherrilyn Roush; likelihood

Chapter.  10284 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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