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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: f. Probabilizing

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44170


Estimating probability, even if it cannot be very precisely determined, is an important aspect of provisionality practice. It is an estimate of justification rather than of a relationship to ‘reality’, and the process of making that estimation is more important than the results, because it helps us avoid absolutizing. We need to take very small and very large probabilities seriously, and even recognizing the distinction between asymptotic probability and certainty is still of general practical value. We can also probabilize value claims by considering the probability of the prescribed desires being fulfilled in an integrated form.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'