Readings in Formal Epistemology


  • Horacio Arló-Costa
  • Vincent F. Hendricks
  • Johan van Benthem

Part of the Springer Graduate Texts in Philosophy book series (SGTP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Jeffrey Helzner, Vincent F. Hendricks
    Pages 1-11
  3. Bayesian Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Horacio Arló-Costa, Vincent F. Hendricks, Johan van Benthem
      Pages 15-19
    3. Frank P. Ramsey
      Pages 21-45
    4. Richard C. Jeffrey
      Pages 47-65
    5. Haim Gaifman
      Pages 91-106
    6. Isaac Levi
      Pages 107-129
    7. Clark Glymour
      Pages 131-151
    8. Mark J. Schervish, Teddy Seidenfeld, Joseph B. Kadane
      Pages 177-185
  4. Belief Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Horacio Arló-Costa, Vincent F. Hendricks, Johan van Benthem
      Pages 189-193
    3. Carlos E. Alchourrón, Peter Gärdenfors, David Makinson
      Pages 195-217
    4. Sven Ove Hansson
      Pages 219-245
    5. Wolfgang Spohn
      Pages 303-347

About this book


This volume presents 38 classic texts in formal epistemology, and strengthens the ties between research into this area of philosophy and its neighbouring intellectual disciplines. The editors provide introductions to five subsections: Bayesian Epistemology, Belief Change, Decision Theory, Interactive Epistemology and Epistemic Logic.

'Formal epistemology' is a term coined in the late 1990s for a new constellation of interests in philosophy, the origins of which are found in earlier works of epistemologists, philosophers of science and logicians. It addresses a growing agenda of problems concerning knowledge, belief, certainty, rationality, deliberation, decision, strategy, action and agent interaction – and it does so using methods from logic, probability, computability, decision and game theory. The volume also includes a thorough index and suggestions for further reading, and thus offers a complete teaching and research package for students as well as research scholars of formal epistemology, philosophy, logic, computer science, theoretical economics and cognitive psychology. ​


Ambiguity and the Bayesian paradigm Bayesian Epistemology Belief Contraction and General Theory of Rational Choice Epistemology without knowledge and without belief Introduction to Belief Change Introduction to Decision Theory Introduction to Interactive Epistemology Introduction to Logics of Knowledge and Belief Logic of theory change Probable knowledge Ranking Theory Substantive rationality and backward induction Truth and probability dynamic interactive belief revision logic of public announcements

Editors and affiliations

  • Horacio Arló-Costa
    • 1
  • Vincent F. Hendricks
    • 2
  • Johan van Benthem
    • 3
  1. 1.(deceased)DordrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Information and Bubble StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20450-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20451-2
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