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Speaker Series: Matt Kotzen

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  • Department talk
When Nov 19, 2012
from 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Where Caldwell 213
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Matt Kotzen will give a lecture entitled "Epistemic Fundamentality and Defeat." 



The goal of this paper is to develop a view about credal dynamics that is sensitive to which of an agent’s assignments of credences are "more epistemically fundamental" than her other assignments. In the main case that I discuss, which I call Theft at the Mansion, Bayesian Conditionalization entails that when I learn that one of the disjuncts of a disjunction is false, my credence in the disjunction ought to go down. On the contrary, I argue that, since my assignment of a particular credence to the disjunction is more epistemically fundamental than my assignment of credences to any of its disjuncts, my credence in the disjunction ought to remain the same.