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From values to probabilities

Rabinowicz, Wlodek LU (2017) In Synthese 194(10). p.3901-3929
Abstract

According to the fitting-attitude analysis of value (FA-analysis), to be valuable is to be a fitting object of a pro-attitude. In earlier publications, setting off from this format of analysis, I proposed a modelling of value relations which makes room for incommensurability in value. In this paper, I first recapitulate the value modelling and then move on to suggest adopting a structurally similar analysis of probability. Indeed, many probability theorists from Poisson onwards did adopt an analysis of this kind. This move allows to formally model probability and probability relations in essentially the same way as value and value relations. One of the advantages of the model is that we get a new account of Keynesian incommensurable... (More)

According to the fitting-attitude analysis of value (FA-analysis), to be valuable is to be a fitting object of a pro-attitude. In earlier publications, setting off from this format of analysis, I proposed a modelling of value relations which makes room for incommensurability in value. In this paper, I first recapitulate the value modelling and then move on to suggest adopting a structurally similar analysis of probability. Indeed, many probability theorists from Poisson onwards did adopt an analysis of this kind. This move allows to formally model probability and probability relations in essentially the same way as value and value relations. One of the advantages of the model is that we get a new account of Keynesian incommensurable probabilities, which goes beyond Keynes in distinguishing between different types of incommensurability. It also becomes possible to draw a clear distinction between incommensurability and vagueness (indeterminacy) in probability comparisons.

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Incommensurability, Indeterminacy, Keynes, Parity, Probability, Value
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29 pages
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10.1007/s11229-015-0693-5
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  keyword      = {Incommensurability,Indeterminacy,Keynes,Parity,Probability,Value},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
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  title        = {From values to probabilities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0693-5},
  volume       = {194},
  year         = {2017},
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