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An Overview of Formal Epistemology (links)

43 Post author: lukeprog 06 January 2011 07:57PM

The branch of philosophy called formal epistemology has very similar interests to those of the Less Wrong community. Formal epistemologists mostly work on (1) mathematically formalizing concepts related to induction, belief, choice, and action, and (2) arguing about the foundations of probability, statistics, game theory, decision theory, and algorithmic learning theory.

Those who value the neglected virtue of scholarship may want to study for themselves the arguments that have lead scholars either toward or against the very particular positions on formalizing language, decision theory, explanation, and probability typically endorsed at Less Wrong. As such, here's a brief overview of the field by way of some helpful links:



Comments (5)

Comment author: Jack 06 January 2011 09:59:57PM 13 points [-]

Keep doing this kind of thing.

Comment author: lukeprog 29 January 2011 04:27:48AM 2 points [-]

One more example of how the field of formal epistemology can be useful...

Here's a new book on Bayesian statistical inference and Bayesian networks: Probabilistic Logics and Probabilistic Networks.

Comment author: jsalvatier 06 January 2011 09:33:48PM 1 point [-]

How does language fit into the same category as epistemology?

Comment author: Vaniver 07 January 2011 08:12:11AM 0 points [-]

I imagine because epistemology is, in some sense, the study of words insomuch as the epistemology makes use of the idea of 'concepts.'