In Memory of Richard Jeffrey: Some Reminiscences and Some Reflections on The Logic of Decision

Philosophy of Science 73 (5):947-958 (2006)
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This paper is partly a tribute to Richard Jeffrey, partly a reflection on some of his writings, The Logic of Decision in particular. I begin with a brief biography and some fond reminiscences of Dick. I turn to some of the key tenets of his version of Bayesianism. All of these tenets are deployed in my discussion of his response to the St. Petersburg paradox, a notorious problem for decision theory that involves a game of infinite expectation. Prompted by that paradox, I conclude with some suggestions of avenues for future research

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Alan Hajek
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The Logic of Decision.Richard C. Jeffrey - 1965 - New York, NY, USA: University of Chicago Press.
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Probability and the Art of Judgment.Richard C. Jeffrey - 1992 - New York: Cambridge University Press.

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