Objective evidence and absence: Comment on Sober

Philosophical Studies 143 (1):91 - 100 (2009)

Authors
Michael Strevens
New York University
Abstract
Elliott Sober argues that the statistical slogan “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” cannot be taken literally: it must be interpreted charitably as claiming that the absence of evidence is (typically) not very much evidence of absence. I offer an alternative interpretation, on which the slogan claims that absence of evidence is (typically) not objective evidence of absence. I sketch a definition of objective evidence, founded in the notion of an epistemically objective likelihood, and I show that in Sober’s paradigm case, the slogan can, on this understanding, be sustained.
Keywords Likelihood  Evidence  Elliott Sober
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-008-9312-3
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 48,857
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Subjectivist’s Guide to Objective Chance.David K. Lewis - 1980 - In Richard C. Jeffrey (ed.), Studies in Inductive Logic and Probability, Volume II. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 263-293.
The Bayesian Treatment of Auxiliary Hypotheses.Michael Strevens - 2001 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 52 (3):515-537.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Realism and the Absence of Rivals.Finnur Dellsén - 2017 - Synthese 194 (7):2427-2446.
Evidence in Biology and the Conditions of Success.Jacob Stegenga - 2013 - Biology and Philosophy 28 (6):981-1004.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
83 ( #108,662 of 2,309,424 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #267,203 of 2,309,424 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature