Synthese 193 (7):2307-2321 (2016)

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Colin Howson
London School of Economics
Abstract
In a recent survey of the literature on the relation between information and confirmation, Crupi and Tentori claim that the former is a fruitful source of insight into the latter, with two well-known measures of confirmation being definable purely information-theoretically. I argue that of the two explicata of semantic information which are considered by the authors, the one generating a popular Bayesian confirmation measure is a defective measure of information, while the other, although an admissible measure of information, generates a defective measure of confirmation. Some results are proved about the representation of measures on consequence-classes.
Keywords Confirmation  Information  Explication  Consequences
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0918-7
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