Change, Choice and Inference: A study of Belief Revision and Nonmonotonic Reasoning

Hardcover | November 15, 2001

byHans Rott

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Change, Choice and Inference develops logical theories that are necessary both for the understanding of adaptable human reasoning and for the design of intelligent systems. The book shows that reasoning processes - the drawing on inferences and changing one's beliefs - can be viewed asbelonging to the realm of practical reason by embedding logical theories into the broader context of the theory of rational choice. The book unifies lively and significant strands of research in logic, philosophy, economics and artificial intelligence. It elaborates on the relevant theories andprovides a mathematically precise foundation for the thesis that large parts of theoretical reason can be subsumed under practical reason.

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Change, Choice and Inference develops logical theories that are necessary both for the understanding of adaptable human reasoning and for the design of intelligent systems. The book shows that reasoning processes - the drawing on inferences and changing one's beliefs - can be viewed asbelonging to the realm of practical reason by embe...

Professor Hans Rott, Dept of Philosophy University of Regensburg 93040 Regensburg Germany.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198503067

ISBN - 13:9780198503064

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Table of Contents

0. Overview1. Doxastic States and Their Representation2. Epistemology and Belief Change3. Changing Doxastic States: Two Complementary Perspectives4. Concepts of Theoretical Rationality: Postulates for Belief Change and Nonmonotonic Reasoning5. Foundational Belief Change Using Nonmonotonic Inference6. A General Concept of Practical Rationality: Constraints for Coherent Choice7. Coherentist Belief Change as a Problem of Rational Choice8. Revealed Preferences: Understanding the Theory of Epistemic EntrenchmentAppendices A; B; C; D; EReferences/BibliographyIndex of SymbolsIndex of NamesSubject Index