Philosophy TV Managing Editors

David Killoren (Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Jonathan Lang (Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Mike Titelbaum and Jonathan Weisberg

Mike Titelbaum and Jonathan Weisberg on Bayesianism.

Titelbaum and Weisberg begin by addressing the question of what (if anything) Bayesians have in common. They review historically important intra-Bayesian debates about interpretations of probability, including “objective” and “subjective” interpretations. Then (15:17) they discuss the interplay between mathematicians’ views of probability and philosophical Bayesianism. They consider (23:44) debates about diachronic norms (which concern how subjective probabilities ought to change over time). Then they turn to contemporary developments. They discuss Bayesianism and knowledge (27:01); Bayesianism and social epistemology (32:50); the uniqueness thesis (35:40); Titelbaum’s subjectivism about evidential standards (42:03); Weisberg’s objectivist qualms about Titelbaum’s subjectivism (50:03); whether Titelbaum’s subjectivism permits too much intra-personal instability in credences over time (55:25); and the relation between beliefs and preferences (1:05:57).

Related works

by Titelbaum:
with Matt Kopec: “Plausible Permissivism” (draft)
with Matt Kopec: Phil Compass entry on the uniqueness thesis (2016)

by Weisberg:
“Could’ve Thought Otherwise” (forthcoming)
“Belief in Psyontology” (forthcoming)
SEP Entry on Formal Epistemology (2010)

See also:

Richard Feldman, “Epistemological Puzzles About Disagreement” (2006)
Richard Feldman, “Reasonable Religious Disagreement” (2011)
Roger White, “Epistemic Permissiveness” (2005)
William Talbott, “Bayesian Epistemology” (2008)