Modelling Reflective Equilibrium with Belief Revision Theory

Freivogel, Andreas (2021). Modelling Reflective Equilibrium with Belief Revision Theory. In: Blicha, Martin; Sedlar, Igor (eds.) The Logica Yearbook 2020 (pp. 65-80). Rickmansworth: College Publications

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This article brings together two different topics: reflective equilibrium (RE) and belief revision theory (BRT). RE is a popular method of justification in many areas of philosophy, it involves a process of mutual adjustments striving for a state of coherence, but it lacks formally rigorous elaborations and faces severe criticism. To elucidate core elements of RE and provide a solid basis to address objections, a formal model of RE within BRT is presented. A fruitful starting point to the formalization of RE is Olsson’s coherentist interpretation of semi-revision, but it does not come with a comparative notion of stability. This paper develops an account of comparative stability in an RE setting for belief changing operations. The operations are useful to characterize RE states as well as processes, and they are shown to satisfy postulates of rational belief change.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Philosophy > Theoretical Philosophy

UniBE Contributor:

Freivogel, Andreas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 120 Epistemology
100 Philosophy > 160 Logic

ISBN:

978-1-84890-376-0

Publisher:

College Publications

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Projects:

Projects 182854 not found.

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andreas Freivogel

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2022 11:04

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2022 11:04

Uncontrolled Keywords:

reflective equilibrium, belief revision theory, coherence, semirevision, consolidation

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/167511

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/167511

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