Raymond Pearl's Review of J M Keynes's A Treatise on Probability: Another Fiasco

17 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016

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Michael Emmett Brady

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Date Written: March 12, 2016

Abstract

R. Pearl’s attempt to review J M Keynes’s A Treatise on Probability for Science is only a near fiasco compared with the failed attempt made by Ronald Fisher to review Keynes’s book for the Eugenics Society. It provides the educated reader with minimal value. How this review made it through the referees, associate editors, and editors at the journal, Science, is a mystery worthy of investigation. Again, anyone attempting to read or review Keynes' A Treatise on Probability, without having any knowledge or familiarity of how J M Keynes made use in the A Treatise on Probability of George Boole’s application of his logic to probability in chapters 16-21 of The Laws of Thought (1854), is foolish.

Keywords: Boole, uncertainty, indeterminate, interval valued probability, similarity, dissimilarity

JEL Classification: B10, B12, B20, B22

Suggested Citation

Brady, Michael Emmett, Raymond Pearl's Review of J M Keynes's A Treatise on Probability: Another Fiasco (March 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2746744

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