Decision theory as philosophy

Philosophy of Science 50 (4):549-577 (1983)
Is Bayesian decision theory a panacea for many of the problems in epistemology and the philosophy of science, or is it philosophical snake-oil? For years a debate had been waged amongst specialists regarding the import and legitimacy of this body of theory. Mark Kaplan had written the first accessible and non-technical book to address this controversy. Introducing a new variant on Bayesian decision theory the author offers a compelling case that, while no panacea, decision theory does in fact have the most profound consequences for the way in which philosophers think about inquiry, criticism and rational belief. The new variant on Bayesian theory is presented in such a way that a non-specialist will be able to understand it. The book also offers new solutions to some classic paradoxes. It focuses on the intuitive motivations of the Bayesian approach to epistemology and addresses the philosophical worries to which it has given rise.
Keywords Decision making  Knowledge, Theory of  Science Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $9.96 used (86% off)   $423.57 new    Amazon page
Call number BD184.K37 1996
ISBN(s) 0521475058  
DOI 10.1086/289139
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,888
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
What Else Justification Could Be.Martin Smith - 2010 - Noûs 44 (1):10 - 31.
Belief, Credence, and Norms.Lara Buchak - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 169 (2):1-27.
Reason and the Grain of Belief.Scott Sturgeon - 2008 - Noûs 42 (1):139–165.

View all 63 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Causal Decision Theory.Ellery Eells - 1984 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:177 - 200.
Bayesian Probability.Patrick Maher - 2010 - Synthese 172 (1):119 - 127.
Decision Theory and the Rationality of Further Deliberation.Igor Douven - 2002 - Economics and Philosophy 18 (2):303-328.
An Introduction to Decision Theory.Martin Peterson - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
173 ( #29,636 of 2,213,758 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #135,087 of 2,213,758 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature