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Bayesianism—its Scope and Limits

Elliott Sober

in Bayes's Theorem

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263419
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263419.003.0002

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Bayesianism—its Scope and Limits

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This chapter discusses the scope and limits of Bayesianism. The first topics discussed are the math and philosophy embedded in Bayesianism and the standard objection to Bayesianism. The concept of likelihood in Bayesianism is examined, and a problem of the best-case strategy of dealing with nuisance parameters is studied. Finally, the main weakness of strong Bayesianism is identified.

Keywords: scope and limits; Bayesianism; math and philosophy; standard objection; likelihood; best-case strategy; nuisance parameters; weakness; strong Bayesianism

Chapter.  7501 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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