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Decisions and Revisions : Philosophical Essays on Knowledge and Value - Isaac Levi

Decisions and Revisions

Philosophical Essays on Knowledge and Value

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Published: 28th December 1984
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This is a collection of Isaac Levi's philosophical papers. Over the period represented by the work here, Professor Levi has developed an interrelated set of views, in the tradition of Peirce and Dewey, on epistemology and the philosophy of science and social science. This focus has been on the problem of induction and the growth of knowledge, the foundations of probability and the theory of rational decision making. His most important essays in these areas are assembled here, with an introduction setting out their main themes and connections. Part I considers how the aims of scientific inquiry should constrain its practice, employing the crucial notion of 'epistemic utility'. The essays in Part II explain Professor Levi's conception of human knowledge; those in Part III consider objective or statistical probability and evaluate the notion of potential surprise; while Part IV extends his views to central questions of individual and collective decision making. As a whole the volume presents a coherent, elaborated position which will be of great interest to a range of philosophers, decision theorists, welfare and social choice theorists and cognitive scientists.

Preface
Cognitive Decision Making
Must the scientist make value judgements?
On the seriousness of mistakes
Corroboration and rules of acceptance
Deductive cogency in inductive inference
Information and inference
Epistemic utility and the evaluation of experiments
Abduction and demands for information
Knowledge and Ignorance
Truth, fallibility and the growth of knowledge
Four types of ignorance
Escape from boredom: edification according to Rorty
Serious possibility
Chance and Surprise
Subjectives, disposition and chances
Direct inference
Potential surprise: its role in inference and decision making
Decision Making
Newcomb's many problems
Conflict and social agency
Liberty and welfare
Bibliography of Isaac Levi
Bibliography
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521254571
ISBN-10: 0521254574
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 28th December 1984
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.63