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Metascience

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 467–470 | Cite as

A springboard for exploring the many approaches to degrees of belief

Franz Huber and Christoph Schmidt-Petri (eds): Degrees of belief. Dordrecht: Springer, 2008, 354 pp, US$27.95 PB
  • Lyle Zynda
Book Review

Degrees of Beliefis a strong collection of essays distinguished by its inclusion of an unusually wide array of approaches to understanding its subject. The book consists mainly of recent works (growing out of a 2004 conference at the University of Konstanz) from perspectives as diverse as probabilism (the view that degrees of belief ought to be probabilities), Dempster-Shafer theory, possibility theory, ranking theory, AGM (Alchourrón-Gärdenfors-Makinson) belief-revision theory, and others. The essays are varied in focus, but many are concerned with outlining formal axiomatizations of degree of belief (variously understood), and several of them are surveys of their respective sub-fields. As one might expect, the discussion is often technical and sometimes dense, and so the book is best suited for formally proficient advanced students (graduate or upper-level undergraduate) or professionals seeking to explore other approaches to degree of belief than the ones in which they currently...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentIndiana University South BendSouth BendUSA

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