Accuracy, conditionalization, and probabilism

Peter J. Lewis, Don Fallis

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Accuracy-based arguments for conditionalization and probabilism appear to have a significant advantage over their Dutch Book rivals. They rely only on the plausible epistemic norm that one should try to decrease the inaccuracy of one’s beliefs. Furthermore, conditionalization and probabilism apparently follow from a wide range of measures of inaccuracy. However, we argue that there is an under-appreciated diachronic constraint on measures of inaccuracy which limits the measures from which one can prove conditionalization, and none of the remaining measures allow one to prove probabilism. That is, among the measures in the literature, there are some from which one can prove conditionalization, others from which one can prove probabilism, but none from which one can prove both. Hence at present, the accuracy-based approach cannot underwrite both conditionalization and probabilism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4017-4033
Number of pages17
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


  • Accuracy
  • Conditionalization
  • Epistemic utility
  • Probabilism
  • Scoring rules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)


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