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Livengood, Jonathan (2017) Counting Experiments. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper, I show how one might resist two influential arguments for the Likelihood Principle by appealing to the ontological significance of creative intentions. The first argument for the Likelihood Principle that I consider is the argument from intentions. After clarifying the argument, I show how the key premiss in the argument may be resisted by maintaining that creative intentions sometimes independently matter to what experiments exist. The second argument that I consider is Gandenberger’s (2015) rehabilitation of Birnbaum’s (1962) proof of the Likelihood Principle from the (supposedly) more intuitively obvious principles of conditionality and sufficiency. As with the argument from intentions, I show how Gandenberger’s argument for his Experimental Conditionality Principle may be resisted by maintaining that creative intentions sometimes independently matter to what experiments exist.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Livengood, Jonathanjonathan.livengood@gmail.com
Keywords: Likelihood Principle, analytic metaphysics, experiments, evidential value, creative intentions, artifacts, abstract creationism, conditionality principle, arbitrariness
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Jonathan Livengood
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 17:27
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 17:27
Item ID: 14181
Official URL: http://rdcu.be/zC5H
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-017-1011-5
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 4 September 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14181

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