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Evidence, Inference and Enquiry$
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Philip Dawid, William Twining, and Mimi Vasilaki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264843

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264843.001.0001

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Arguing about the Evidence: a Logical Approach

Arguing about the Evidence: a Logical Approach

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(p.151) 6 Arguing about the Evidence: a Logical Approach
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Evidence, Inference and Enquiry
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JOHN FOX

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264843.003.0006

This chapter explores ways in which we can be equally rigorous about how to reason about and assess uncertain evidence, using a framework that allows for uncertainty but does not depend on being able to quantify it. It begins by defining what is meant by ‘evidence’ since it has somewhat different interpretations in different fields. It then attempts to develop a unified perspective. The central idea of this unification is that it is based on logic and the patterns of argumentation which are to be seen in deliberations and debates about evidence. The framework does not reject the importance of probabilistic methods for reasoning about evidence but offers a broader perspective which accommodates probabilistic methods when they are practical, and offers an alternative set of methods when they are not.

Keywords:   evidence, uncertainty, argumentation, probabilistic methods, logic

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