New Book: A Formal Epistemology Reader

A Formal Epistemology Reader
Edited by Horacio Arló-Costa, Johan van Benthem, Vincent F. Hendricks
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN 9781107608726 (paperback)
ISBN 9781107001794 (hardback)
Assistant Editors: Henrik Boensvang & Rasmus K. Rendsvig
Release date / Fall 2012

‘Formal epistemology’ is a term coined in the late 1990s for a new constellation of interests in philosophy, the roots of which are found in earlier works of epistemologists, philosophers of science, and logicians. It addresses a growing agenda of problems concerning knowledge, belief, certainty, rationality, deliberation, decision, strategy, action and agent interaction; and it does so using methods from logic, probability, computability, decision, and game theory. This volume presents 42 classic texts in formal epistemology, and strengthens the ties between research into this area of philosophy and its neighbouring intellectual disciplines. The editors provide introductions to five basic subsections: Bayesian Epistemology, Belief Change, Decision Theory, Interactive Epistemology and Logics of Knowledge and Belief. The volume also includes a thorough index and suggestions for further reading, and thus offers a complete teaching and research package for students as well as research scholars of formal epistemology, philosophy, logic, computer science, theoretical economics and cognitive psychology.

More here.

Formal Epistemology Reading Group FA11 #3

Due to various schedule conflicts, the formal epistemology reading group will be moved to Sunday afternoons. The next meeting is on October 9, 3pm in room 720 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University.

For the coming meeting, I will give a short tutorial on strategic games (normal form, Bayesian, Mixed, Correlated) and prove some classical results. If time permits, we will continue to discuss Aumann & Brandenburger’s 1995 paper (attached).

Hope to see you all there!