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Probability and Conditionals
Belief Revision and Rational Decision

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

Patrick Suppes, Brian Skyrms, Robert Stalnaker, Richard Jeffrey, Judea Pearl, Alan Hájek, Ned Hall, Charles S. Chihara, Vann McGee
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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039338

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  • This is a collection of essays on the relation between probabilities--especially conditional probabilities--and conditionals. It provides new negative results that sharply limit the ways conditionals can be related to conditional probabilities. There are also positive ideas and results that will open up new areas of research. The collection is intended to honor Ernest W. Adams, whose seminal work is largely responsible for creating this area of inquiry. As well as describing, evaluating, and applying Adams's work, the contributions extend his ideas in directions he may not have anticipated, but that he certainly inspired.

    • Prominent philosophers contribute to this collection, in particular: Richard Jeffrey, Brian Skyrms, Robert Stalnaker, Patrick Suppes
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    "...it became clear how many points of contact there are between the work in this area in AI and computer science and the work in philosophy. This volume, with its discussions of probability, conditionals, counterfactuals, belief revision, and default reasoning - all issues of concern in both communities - helps bring out the connections clearly." The Philosophical Review

    "...nicely edited by Ellery Eells and Brian Skyrms." Roy Gardner, Philosophy of Science

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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039338
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction
    1. Some questions about Adams' conditionals Patrick Suppes
    2. Adams conditionals Brian Skyrms
    3. Letter to Brian Skyrms Robert Stalnaker
    4. Conditionals as random variables Robert Stalnaker and Richard Jeffrey
    5. From Adams' conditionals to default expressions, causal conditionals, and counterfactuals Judea Pearl
    6. The hypothesis of the conditional construal of conditional probability Alan Hájek and Ned Hall
    7. Triviality on the cheap? Alan Hájek
    8. Back in the CCCP Ned Hall
    9. The Howson-Urbach proofs of Bayesian principles Charles S. Chihara
    10. Learning the impossible Vann McGee
    11. A brief survey of Adams' contributions to philosophy Patrick Suppes
    Publications of Ernest W. Adams.

  • Editors

    Ellery Eells, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Brian Skyrms, University of California, Irvine

    Contributors

    Patrick Suppes, Brian Skyrms, Robert Stalnaker, Richard Jeffrey, Judea Pearl, Alan Hájek, Ned Hall, Charles S. Chihara, Vann McGee

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