[SydPhil] University of Sydney Philosophy Seminar Series: Michael Nielsen

Ryan Cox ryan.cox at sydney.edu.au
Mon Oct 2 10:00:00 AEDT 2023

Hi everyone,

This week’s speaker in the University of Sydney Philosophy Seminar Series is Michael Nielsen (University of Sydney).

The title of Michael’s talk is “Simple Probability”. Here’s the abstract for the talk:

It is widely held that our credences should have the structure of mathematical probabilities and that the probabilistic structure of our credences can be infinitely complex. Against this, I argue that our credences should be simple: there is a precise sense in which our credences should be of finite complexity. If this conclusion is correct, then many longstanding puzzles in probabilistic epistemology admit of straightforward solutions. In this talk, I will present some of these puzzles, give my main argument for simplicity, and show you how simplicity solves the puzzles. All of this will be done in a pretty informal, non-technical way, with an emphasis on the philosophical problems rather than the mathematical details.

The talk will take place on Wednesday the 4th of October at 3:30 p.m. in the Philosophy Seminar Room (N494) in the Quadrangle.

The talk will be followed by drinks and informal discussion at a nearby venue. All welcome!

Enquiries about the seminar series can be directed to ryan.cox at sydney.edu.au<mailto:ryan.cox at sydney.edu.au>

Ryan Cox
Associate Lecturer in Philosophy
Discipline of Philosophy
School of Humanities
University of Sydney
ryan.cox at sydney.edu.au<mailto:ryan.cox at sydney.edu.au>

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