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A partial consequence account of truthlikeness

CEVOLANI, Gustavo and Festa, Roberto (2018) A partial consequence account of truthlikeness. [Preprint]


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Popper’s original definition of truthlikeness relied on a central insight: that truthlikeness combines truth and information, in the sense
that a proposition is closer to the truth the more true consequences
and the less false consequences it entails. As intuitively compelling
as this definition may be, it is untenable, as proved long ago; still,
one can arguably rely on Popper’s intuition to provide an adequate
account of truthlikeness. To this aim, we mobilize some classical work
on partial entailment in defining a new measure of truthlikeness which
satisfies a number of desiderata. The resulting account has some interesting and surprising connections with other accounts on the market,
thus shedding new light on current attempts of systematizing different
approaches to verisimilitude.

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Item Type: Preprint
CEVOLANI, Gustavo0000-0001-8770-8877
Festa, Roberto
Keywords: truthlikeness, verisimilitude, information, content, consequence, similarity, Schurz and Weingartner, Oddie
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Gustavo Cevolani
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2018 02:17
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2018 02:17
Item ID: 15148
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DOI or Unique Handle: 3
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 8 September 2018

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