Bayesian Networks in Philosophy

  • Luc Bovens
  • Stephan Hartmann
Part of the Trends in Logic book series (TREN, volume 17)


We provide a short introduction to the theory of Bayesian Networks and construct a Bayesian Network model of confirmation with an unreliable instrument. We indicate how this model can be extended to investigate the varietyof-evidence thesis, the Duhem-Quine thesis and calibration in philosophy of science and to give precise accounts of notions such as reliability and coherence in epistemology.


Bayesian Network Child Node Parent Node Conditional Independence Propositional Variable 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luc Bovens
    • 1
  • Stephan Hartmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Fachbereich PhilosophieUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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