|Harris, Adam J. L., Corner, Adam J. and Hahn, Ulrike 2013. James is polite and punctual (and useless): a Bayesian formalisation of faint praise. Thinking & Reasoning 19 (3-4) , pp. 414-429. 10.1080/13546783.2013.801367|
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“Damned by faint praise” is the phenomenon whereby weak positive information leads to a negative change in belief. This seemingly conflicts with normative Bayesian predictions, which prescribe that positive information should only exert a positive change in belief. We argue that the negative belief change is due to an inference from critical missing evidence; that is, an implicit argument from ignorance. Such an inference is readily incorporated within a version of Bayes’ theorem incorporating the concept of epistemic closure. This reformalisation provides a general theoretical framework for the phenomenon that clearly outlines those conditions under which it should be observed, and its conceptual relationship with other argumentation phenomena.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Belief revision, Bayesian probability, Argumentation, Persuasion, Testimony, Pragmatics|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Last Modified:||19 Mar 2016 23:21|
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