Synthese

, Volume 176, Issue 3, pp 333–343

The transmission of support: a Bayesian re-analysis

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Abstract

Crispin Wright’s discussion of the notion of ‘transmission-failure’ promises to have important philosophical ramifications, both in epistemology and beyond. This paper offers a precise, formal characterisation of the concept within a Bayesian framework. The interpretation given avoids the serious shortcomings of a recent alternative proposal due to Samir Okasha.

Keywords

Transmission-failure Crispin Wright Bayesianism Samir Okasha 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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