Journal of Symbolic Logic

Scientific Discovery Based on Belief Revision

Eric Martin and Daniel Osherson

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Abstract

Scientific inquiry is represented as a process of rational hypothesis revision in the face of data. For the concept of rationality, we rely on the theory of belief dynamics as developed in [5, 9]. Among other things, it is shown that if belief states are left unclosed under deductive logic then scientific theories can be expanded in a uniform, consistent fashion that allows inquiry to proceed by any method of hypothesis revision based on "kernel" contraction. In contrast, if belief states are closed under logic, then no such expansion is possible.

Article information

Source
J. Symbolic Logic, Volume 62, Issue 4 (1997), 1352-1370.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 6 July 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jsl/1183745386

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1617933

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0896.03027

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Citation

Martin, Eric; Osherson, Daniel. Scientific Discovery Based on Belief Revision. J. Symbolic Logic 62 (1997), no. 4, 1352--1370. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jsl/1183745386


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