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Confirmation and reduction: a Bayesian account

Dizadji-Bahmani, Foad, Frigg, Roman and Hartmann, Stephan (2010) Confirmation and reduction: a Bayesian account. Synthese, 179 (2). pp. 321-328. ISSN 0039-7857

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Abstract

Various scientific theories stand in a reductive relation to each other. In a recent article, we have argued that a generalized version of the Nagel-Schaffner model (GNS) is the right account of this relation. In this article, we present a Bayesian analysis of how GNS impacts on confirmation. We formalize the relation between the reducing and the reduced theory before and after the reduction using Bayesian networks, and thereby show that, post-reduction, the two theories are confirmatory of each other. We then ask when a purported reduction should be accepted on epistemic grounds. To do so, we compare the prior and posterior probabilities of the conjunction of both theories before and after the reduction and ask how well each is confirmed by the available evidence.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/philosophy/epistemology+an...
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 16:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29988/

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