The Emergence of Probability

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The Emergence of Probability: A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference
The Emergence of Probability, first edition.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Ian Hacking
Language English
Subject History of probability
Published 1975
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN 978-0521685573

The Emergence of Probability: A Philosophical Study of Early Ideas about Probability, Induction and Statistical Inference is a 1975 book by the philosopher Ian Hacking.

Summary[edit]

Hacking provides an account of an important period in the history of probability.[1] He shows that the modern argument for preferring facts to testimony in science assumes probabilistic thinking.[2]

Reception[edit]

Hacking's work has been described as ground-breaking.[1]

The philosopher James Franklin argued that Hacking's contention that there was no concept of uncertain evidence before about 1650 is incorrect, as it neglects the extensive Latin scholastic literature on legal evidence and aleatory contracts and on induction.[3]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Macintosh 2005. p. 357.
  2. ^ Welsh 1994. p. 45.
  3. ^ Franklin 2001. p. 373.

Bibliography[edit]

Books
  • Franklin, James (2001). The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability Before Pascal. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-6569-7.
  • Macintosh, Jack (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.
  • Welsh, Alexander (1994). Freud's Wishful Dream Book. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-03718-3.