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The dispositional account of credence

Mahtani, Anna (2018) The dispositional account of credence. Philosophical Studies. ISSN 0031-8116

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Identification Number: 10.1007%2Fs11098-018-1203-7

Abstract

In this paper I offer an alternative - the ‘dispositional account’ - to the standard account of imprecise probabilism. Whereas for the imprecise probabilist, an agent’s credal state is modelled by a set of credence functions, on the dispositional account an agent’s credal state is modelled by a set of sets of credence functions. On the face of it, the dispositional account looks less elegant than the standard account – so why should we be interested? I argue that the dispositional account is actually simpler, because the dispositional choice behaviour that fixes an agent’s credal state is faithfully depicted in the model of that agent’s credal state. I explore some of the implications of the account, including a surprising implication for the debate over dilation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11098
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 12:23
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 12:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90719

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