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“Nonmonotonic” does not mean “probabilistic”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 February 2009

Keith Stenning
Human Communication Research Center, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, United
Michiel van Lambalgen
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1012CP, The Netherlands. M.vanLambalgen@uva.nl


Oaksford & Chater (O&C) advocate Bayesian probability as a way to deal formally with the pervasive nonmonotonicity of common sense reasoning. We show that some forms of nonmonotonicity cannot be treated by Bayesian methods.

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