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Explaining norms and norms explained David Danksa
 

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Explaining norms and norms explained
David Danksa
and Frederick Eberhardtb
a
Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University and Institute for Human &
Machine Cognition Pittsburgh, PA 15213; b
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences,
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 and Department of Philosophy,
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130.
ddanks@cmu.edu
http://www.hss.cmu.edu/philosophy/faculty-danks.php
fde@berkeley.edu
http://www.phil.cmu.edu/~fde/
Abstract: Oaksford & Chater (O&C) aim to provide teleological explanations of behavior by
giving an appropriate normative standard: Bayesian inference. We argue that there is no
uncontroversial independent justification for the normativity of Bayesian inference, and that
O&C fail to satisfy a necessary condition for teleological explanations: demonstration that the
normative prescription played a causal role in the behavior's existence.
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Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Eberhardt, Frederick - Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program & Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis

 

Collections: Mathematics; Multidisciplinary Databases and Resources