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Henry E. Kyburg

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195062533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.001.0001

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Levels of Corpora

Levels of Corpora

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(p.241) 15 Levels of Corpora
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Science & Reason
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Jr. Henry E. Kyburg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.003.0015

One problem that has been plaguing for the long term is the problem of choosing the levels of rational corpora. Since what goes into a corpus is what has a probability higher than the index of that corpus, that index has a bearing on what is in a corpus. We have two levels to deal with, since the focus is both with the evidential corpus and with the practical corpus. What principles can be used to select these levels? A practical way to approach this question is through the analysis of full belief or acceptance. Partial belief is distinguished in terms of a propensity to make, or fail to make, bets.

Keywords:   evidential corpus, practical corpus, rational corpora, index, full belief, acceptance

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