Journal Article

Probabilities and Epistemic Pluralism

Eric Christian Barnes

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 49, issue 1, pages 31-47
Published in print March 1998 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online March 1998 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI:
Probabilities and Epistemic Pluralism

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A pluralistic scientific method is one that incorporates a variety of points of view in scientific inquiry. This paper investigates one example of pluralistic method: the use of weighted averaging in probability estimation. I consider two methods of weight determination, one based on disjoint evidence possession and the other on track record. I argue that weighted averaging provides a rational procedure for probability estimation under certain conditions. I consider a strategy for calculating ‘mixed weights’ which incorporate mixed information about agent credibility. I address various objections to the weighted averaging technique and conclude that the technique is a promising one in various respects.

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