A General Framework for Probabilistic Measures of Coherence

Studia Logica 108 (3):395-424 (2020)


Coherence is a property of propositions hanging together or dovetailing with each other. About two decades ago, formal epistemologists started to engage in the project of explicating the seemingly elusive concept of coherence by means of probability theory. Since then, a plethora of coherence measures have been discussed in the literature. In this paper, we propose a general framework for coherence measures that encompasses the different frameworks of deviation measures, overlap measures and mutual support measures of coherence. Above that we show that some of the new measures that can be obtained outperform existing coherence measures in important respects.

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Michael Schippers
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