Philosophical Lectures on Probability: collected, edited, and annotated by Alberto Mura - Synthese Library 340 (Paperback)Bruno de Finetti (author), Alberto Mura (editor), Maria Carla Galavotti (author of introduction), Hykel Hosni (translator)
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Bruno de Finetti (1906-1985) is the founder of the subjective interpretation of probability, together with the British philosopher Frank Plumpton Ramsey. His related notion of "exchangeability" revolutionized the statistical methodology. This book (based on a course held in 1979) explains in a language accessible also to non-mathematicians the fundamental tenets and implications of subjectivism, according to which the probability of any well specified fact F refers to the degree of belief actually held by someone, on the ground of her whole knowledge, on the truth of the assertion that F obtains.
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
From the reviews:
"The belated publication of de Finetti's lectures provides a welcome opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the remarkable thinkers of the last century and also to look again at his work as a whole." N.H. Bingham, Imperial College London
"The editor made an extraordinary effort to put the lectures as well as the discussions into proper context through a set of notes. These are very useful, and they often describe the future evolution of a subject which is touched on in the main text. A biographical sketch of de Finetti written by M. C. Gallavotti completes the information given in the book. ... I am grateful to the editor ... for making these lectures available in English to a broader audience." (Enrico Scalas, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 f)
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