, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 549-552
Date: 28 Oct 2010

From dynamic disbeliefs to causality and chance

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Wolfgang Spohn belongs to a generation of German analytic philosophers educated by Professor Wolfgang Stegmüller at the University of Munich. He wrote his master thesis on conditional deontic logic in 1973, doctoral dissertation on decision theory and probabilistic causality in 1976 and his Habilitationsschrift on causality in 1983. Continuing his academic career in Regensburg, Bielefeld and Konstanz, Spohn has become one of the leading European experts in philosophical logic, formal epistemology and philosophy of science.

In Causation, Coherence and Concepts, Spohn has collected 16 of his most important essays in theoretical philosophy. The topics include a dynamic theory of doxastic states, the definition of causation, Bayesian nets, induction and lawlikeness, coherentist epistemology, a priori knowledge and metaphysical necessity, concept formation and conceptual change. Many papers have their roots in the Habilitationsschrift of 1983, which formulated an account of belief change in ...