Discussion : Resolving Irrelevant Conjunction with Probabilistic Independence *

@inproceedings{Hawthorne2004DiscussionR,
  title={Discussion : Resolving Irrelevant Conjunction with Probabilistic Independence *},
  author={James Hawthorne and Branden Fitelson},
  year={2004}
}
Naive deductivist accounts of confirmation have the undesirable consequence that if E confirms H, then E also confirms the conjunction H7X, for any X—even if X is completely irrelevant to E and H. Bayesian accounts of confirmation may appear to have the same problem. In a recent article in this journal Fitelson (2002) argued that existing Bayesian attempts to resolve of this problem are inadequate in several important respects. Fitelson then proposes a new-and-improved Bayesian account that… CONTINUE READING