An impossibility theorem for verisimilitude

@article{Zwart2006AnIT,
  title={An impossibility theorem for verisimilitude},
  author={S. Zwart and M. Franssen},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2006},
  volume={158},
  pages={75-92}
}
In this paper, we show that Arrow’s well-known impossibility theorem is instrumental in bringing the ongoing discussion about verisimilitude to a more general level of abstraction. After some preparatory technical steps, we show that Arrow’s requirements for voting procedures in social choice are also natural desiderata for a general verisimilitude definition that places content and likeness considerations on the same footing. Our main result states that no qualitative unifying procedure of a… Expand
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