Social Justice Centre Coordinator Travis LaCroix publishes in Erkenntnis

February 10, 2020

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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