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A general model of a group search procedure, applied to epistemic democracy

Thompson, Christopher (2013) A general model of a group search procedure, applied to epistemic democracy. Synthese, 190 (7). pp. 1233-1252. ISSN 0039-7857

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11229-012-0108-9

Abstract

The standard epistemic justification for inclusiveness in political decision making is the Condorcet Jury Theorem, which states that the probability of a correct decision using majority rule increases in group size (given certain assumptions). Informally, majority rule acts as a mechanism to pool the information contained in the judgements of individual agents. I aim to extend the explanation of how groups of political agents track the truth. Before agents can pool the information, they first need to find truth-conducive information. Increasing group size is also important in the initial search for truth-conducive information.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/journal/11229
Additional Information: © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 11:42
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 10:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49696

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