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probabilism


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The doctrine that in some area of science, or ethics, we may settle for hypo-theses with reasonable degrees of probability, without being able to obtain knowledge. Probabilism is flanked by the more dogmatic view that we can achieve certainty, on the one side, and the more sceptical view that we cannot even assign probabilities, on the other side. See also confirmation, falsification, methodology.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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