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Can Probabilistic Coherence be a Measure of Understanding?

Gijsbers, Victor (2015) Can Probabilistic Coherence be a Measure of Understanding? THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30 (1). pp. 53-71. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Coherence is a measure of how much our beliefs hang together. Understanding is achieved when we see that something is not just a brute, isolated fact. This suggests that it might be possible to use the extant probabilistic measures of coherence to formulate a measure of understanding. We attempt to do so, but it turns out that a coherence theory runs into trouble with the asymmetry of understanding. We identify four difficulties and show how they have been solved by a unification approach to explanation. We also identify four advantages of the coherence approach, and assess the possibilities of reconciling the strengths of the two approaches.


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Gijsbers, Victorv.gijsbers@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: coherence; understanding; explanation; unification; asymmetry
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2016 01:58
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2016 01:58
Item ID: 12133
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.11733
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: January 2015
Page Range: pp. 53-71
Volume: 30
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12133

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