Journal of Philosophical Logic

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 715–732 | Cite as

The Representation of Belief

  • Isaac WilhelmEmail author


I derive a sufficient condition for a belief set to be representable by a probability function: if at least one comparative confidence ordering of a certain type satisfies Scott’s axiom, then the belief set used to induce that ordering is representable. This provides support for Kenny Easwaran’s project of analyzing doxastic states in terms of belief sets rather than credences.


Formal epistemology Representation theorem Belief Credence Scott’s axiom 



Many thanks to Laura Callahan, Sam Carter, Kevin Dorst, Kenny Easwaran, Frankie Egan, Adam Elga, Danny Forman, Jimmy Goodrich, James Hawthorne, Nevin Johnson, Barry Loewer, Jonathan Schaffer, an anonymous reviewer, and the audience at NASSLLI 2017 for helpful comments. Special thanks are due to Branden Fitelson for all his help, guidance, and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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