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Bayesian Argumentation

The practical side of probability

  • Frank Zenker

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 362)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Bayesian Approach to Argumentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Ulrike Hahn, Mike Oaksford, Adam J. L. Harris
      Pages 15-38
  3. The Legal Domain

  4. Modeling Rational Agents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Robert van Rooij, Kris de Jaegher
      Pages 147-161
  5. Theoretical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Niki Pfeifer
      Pages 185-193
    3. Jonny Blamey
      Pages 195-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-215

About this book


Relevant to, and drawing from, a range of disciplines, the chapters in this collection show the diversity, and applicability, of research in Bayesian argumentation. Together, they form a challenge to philosophers versed in both the use and criticism of Bayesian models who have largely overlooked their potential in argumentation. Selected from contributions to a multidisciplinary workshop on the topic held in Lund, Sweden, in autumn 2010, the authors count legal scholars and cognitive scientists among their number, in addition to philosophers. They analyze material that includes real-life court cases, experimental research results, and the insights gained from computer models.

The volume provides a formal measure of subjective argument strength and argument force, robust enough to allow advocates of opposing sides of an argument to agree on the relative strengths of their supporting reasoning. With papers from leading figures such as Mike Oaksford and Ulrike Hahn, the book comprises recent research conducted at the frontiers of Bayesian argumentation and provides a multitude of examples in which these formal tools can be applied to informal argument. It signals new and impending developments in philosophy, which has seen Bayesian models deployed in formal epistemology and philosophy of science, but has yet to explore the full potential of Bayesian models as a framework in argumentation. In doing so, this revealing anthology looks destined to become a standard teaching text in years to come.


Ad Hominem Argument Bayesian Ad verecundiam Agent Based Modeling Argument Force Argument Strength Argument against the man Argument from authority Bayesian Group Psychology Bayesian Legal Bayesian Probability Calculus Bayesian Simulation Model Begging the Question Bounded Rationality Case Study Bayesian Coherence measures Content Source Degrees of Justification Dialectial Structure Dialectical Map Evidential Probability Evidential certainty Fallacies Formal Dialectics Game theory Laputa Computer Similation Measures of support Message Content Natural Language Argumentation Persuasive Argument Theory Petitio Principii Pragma-dialectics Preface Paradox Probability Legal Argumentation Stake Size Statistical Inference Testimony Bayesian Argumentation Veristic value

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Zenker
    • 1
  1. 1., PhilosophyUniversity of LundLundSweden

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