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The Nature of Awareness Growth

de Canson, Chloé (2022) The Nature of Awareness Growth. [Preprint]


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Awareness growth—coming to entertain propositions of which one was previously unaware—is a crucial aspect of epistemic thriving. And yet, it is widely believed that orthodox Bayesianism cannot accommodate this phenomenon, since that would require employing supposedly defective catch-all propositions. Orthodox Bayesianism, it is concluded, must be amended. In this paper, I show that this argument fails, and that, on the contrary, the orthodox version of Bayesianism is particularly well-suited to accommodate awareness growth. For it entails what I call the refinement view, which allows us to capture that awareness growth consists in the increase of one’s capacity of discernment.

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Item Type: Preprint
de Canson, Chloé
Keywords: Awareness Growth
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Chloé de Canson
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2022 14:28
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 14:28
Item ID: 21512
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Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 2022

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