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Pure Inductive Logic


  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 354 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 161
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: BC91 .P37 2015
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Induction (Logic)
    • MATHEMATICS / Logic.--bisacsh

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107042308)

Pure inductive logic is the study of rational probability treated as a branch of mathematical logic. This monograph, the first devoted to this approach, brings together the key results from the past seventy years plus the main contributions of the authors and their collaborators over the last decade to present a comprehensive account of the discipline within a single unified context. The exposition is structured around the traditional bases of rationality, such as avoiding Dutch Books, respecting symmetry and ignoring irrelevant information. The authors uncover further rationality concepts, both in the unary and in the newly emerging polyadic languages, such as conformity, spectrum exchangeability, similarity and language invariance. For logicians with a mathematical grounding, this book provides a complete self-contained course on the subject, taking the reader from the basics up to the most recent developments. It is also a useful reference for a wider audience from philosophy and computer science.

• The first book to comprehensively treat inductive logic as a branch of mathematical logic, with many new existing results collected together into one unified presentation • A self-contained introduction to the field that takes the reader from the basics right through to the forefront of current research • Can also be used as an accessible work of reference for philosophers and computer scientists, as well as mathematical logic


Part I. The Basics: 1. Introduction to pure inductive logic; 2. Context; 3. Probability functions; 4. Conditional probability; 5. The Dutch book argument; 6. Some basic principles; 7. Specifying probability functions; Part II. Unary Inductive Logic: 8. Introduction to unary pure inductive logic; 9. de Finetti's representation theorem; 10. Regularity and universal certainty; 11. Relevance; 12. Asymptotic conditional probabilities; 13. The conditionalization theorem; 14. Atom exchangeability; 15. Carnap's continuum of inductive methods; 16. Irrelevance; 17. Another continuum of inductive methods; 18. The NP-continuum; 19. The weak irrelevance principle; 20. Equalities and inequalities; 21. Principles of analogy; 22. Unary symmetry; Part III. Polyadic Inductive Logic: 23. Introduction to polyadic pure inductive logic; 24. Polyadic constant exchangeability; 25. Polyadic regularity; 26. Spectrum exchangeability; 27. Conformity; 28. The probability functions $u^{\overline{p},L}$; 29. The homogeneous/heterogeneous divide; 30. Representation theorems for Sx; 31. Language invariance with Sx; 32. Sx without language invariance; 33. A general representation theorem for Sx; 34. The Carnap–Stegmüller principle; 35. Instantial relevance and Sx; 36. Equality; 37. The polyadic Johnson's sufficientness postulate; 38. Polyadic symmetry; 39. Nathanial's invariance principle, NIP; 40. NIP and atom exchangeability; 41. The functions $u_{\overline{E}}^{\overline{p},L}$; 42. The state of play; Bibliography; Index; Glossary.


'The monograph should prove an invaluable reference for researchers keen to embark on working in this area …' Eric A. Martin, MathSciNet (

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