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Social Justice Centre Coordinator Travis LaCroix publishes in Erkenntnis

February 10, 2020
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The coordinator of the Social Justice Centre, Travis LaCroix, recently published the article "Epistemology and the Structure of Language" (Co-authored with Jeffrey A. Barrett, UCI) in Erkenntnis. The article discusses how structural properties of a language may come to reflect the statistical features of the world in which it evolves. The authors consider how a simple evolutionary process might lead to a language where unbiased priors over state expressions in the language accurately represent the relative frequencies of the corresponding states of nature. This provides a 'how-possibly' explanation that a simple term language might evolve to support a purported principle of rationality—the principle of indifference—over state descriptions in that language.




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