For Better, for Worse: Comparative Orderings on States and Theories

Authors: Burger, Isabella C.; Heidema, Johannes

Source: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Confirmation, Empirical Progress and Truth Approximation. Essays in Debate with Theo Kuipers Volume 1. Edited by Roberto Festa, Atocha Aliseda and Jeanne Peijnenburg , pp. 459-488(30)

Publisher: Rodopi

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In logic, including the designer logics of artificial intelligence, and in the philosophy of science, one is often concerned with qualitative, comparative orderings on the states of a system, or on theories expressing information about the system. States may be compared with respect to normality, or some preference criterium, or similarity to some given (set of) state(s). Theories may be compared with respect to logical power, or to truthlikeness, or to how well they capture certain information. We explain a number of these relations, study their properties, and unravel some of their interrelationships.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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