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A Structuralist Theory of Belief Revision

Andreas, H. (2011) A Structuralist Theory of Belief Revision. Journal of Logic, Language, and Information, 20 (2). 205-232 .

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The present paper aims at a synthesis of belief revision theory with the Sneed formalism known as the structuralist theory of science. This synthesis is brought about by a dynamisation of classical structuralism, with an abductive inference rule and base generated revisions in the style of Rott (2001). The formalism of prioritised default logic (PDL) serves as the medium of the synthesis. Why seek to integrate the Sneed formalism into belief revision theory? With the hybrid system of the present investigation, a substantial simplification of the ranking information that is necessary to define revisions and contractions uniquely is achieved. This system is, furthermore, expressive enough to capture complex and non-trivial scientific examples. It is thus closely related to a novel research area within belief revision theory which addresses the dynamics of scientific knowledge.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Abduction, Belief Bases, Belief Revision, Default Logic, Defeasible Reasoning, Epistemic Ranking, Structuralist Theory of Science.
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Holger Andreas
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2013 13:48
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 13:48
Item ID: 9580
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Logic, Language, and Information
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Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2011
Page Range: 205-232
Volume: 20
Number: 2

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