The Sweep of Probability

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University of Notre Dame Press, 1991 - Mathematics - 228 pages
The Sweep of Probability broadly surveys this burgeoning field of philosophical inquiry. The book is unique because it engages the reader in contemporary debates about a variety of issues in probability theory without requiring a background in probability and mathematics. It also illustrates how the concerns of probability relate not only to philosophical inquiry but to aspects of everyday life. The primary aim of this book, claims George N.Schlesinger in the introduction, is to illustrate, by discussing a wide variety of topics, that elementary probability belongs to one of those rare intellectual ventures where the returns are disproportionately high to the initial investment of effort.

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The Constructive Role of Criticism
15
THE USEFULNESS OF THE RULE OF ELIMINATION
35
COMPARING CREDIBILITIES
51
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