Laws, Ceteris Paribus Conditions, and the Dynamics of Belief

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SPOHN, Wolfgang, 2002. Laws, Ceteris Paribus Conditions, and the Dynamics of Belief. In: Erkenntnis. 57(3), pp. 373-394. Available under: doi: 10.1023/A:1021534428856

@article{Spohn2002Ceter-3433, title={Laws, Ceteris Paribus Conditions, and the Dynamics of Belief}, year={2002}, doi={10.1023/A:1021534428856}, number={3}, volume={57}, journal={Erkenntnis}, pages={373--394}, author={Spohn, Wolfgang} }

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