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The Book of Evidence$
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Peter Achinstein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143892.001.0001

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What's Wrong With These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?

What's Wrong With These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?

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(p.69) 4 What's Wrong With These Probabilistic Theories of Evidence?
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The Book of Evidence
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195143892.003.0004

Counterexamples are presented against the two standard probabilistic theories of evidence of Ch. 3. Various responses of defenders of these probabilistic theories are considered. It is argued that evidence, by contrast to probability, is a threshold concept that requires a certain amount of probability before any evidence is present. Patrick Maher's defense of the positive relevance view of evidence is presented and rejected.

Keywords:   evidence, Maher, probabilistic theory of evidence, probability, threshold

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