## Science, Belief and Behaviour: Essays in Honour of R B BraithwaiteThis volume is a collection of original essays by eminent philosophers written for R. B. Braithwaite's eightieth birthday to celebrate his work and teaching. In one way or another, all the essays reflect his central concern with the impact of science on our beliefs about the world and the responses appropriate to that. Together they testify to the signal importance of his contributions in areas of philosophy bearing on this concern: the philosophy of science, especially of the statistical sciences, theories of belief and of probability, decision theory and games theory. This book, which includes a full bibliography of Professor Braithwaite's work, will interest advanced students and professionals in the fields of philosophy and psychology. |

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### Contents

The possibility of absolutism | 23 |

Science and the organization of belief | 43 |

analogyclusters within and without | 61 |

A revised regularity view of scientific laws | 87 |

Necessities and universals in natural laws | 105 |

Induction as self correcting according to Peine | 127 |

their meaning acceptance and | 161 |

How is it reasonable to base preferences on estimates of chance? | 179 |

Welfare rights and fairness | 203 |

Bibliography of the philosophical writings | 219 |

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