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The Possibility of Coherentism and the Stringency of Ceteris Paribus Conditions

Schupbach, Jonah N. (2015) The Possibility of Coherentism and the Stringency of Ceteris Paribus Conditions. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30 (1). pp. 43-52. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Schupbach (2008) puts forward a "possibility result" for Bayesian Coherentism, showing that there exist plausible sets of ceteris paribus conditions that imply that coherence is truth-conducive. Against this result, Schubert (2012) has argued that Schupbach's considered ceteris paribus conditions are "jointly inconsistent". In this article, I first show that Schubert's attempted proof of this claim is fallacious, and hence that the possibility result still stands. Next, I consider a related criticism of Schupbach's result, inspired by Olsson's (2005) constraints on ceteris paribus conditions. This leads to a general discussion of the principle(s) that should guide one in choosing such conditions.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Schupbach, Jonah N.jonah.n.schupbach@utah.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Bayesianism; Ceteris Paribus Conditions; Coherence; Confirmation; Impossibility Results; Probability
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 19:51
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 19:51
Item ID: 12125
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.11725
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: January 2015
Page Range: pp. 43-52
Volume: 30
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12125

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