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The Evidential Support Theory of Conditionals

Igor Douven
Synthese
Vol. 164, No. 1 (Sep., 2008), pp. 19-44
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271066
Page Count: 26
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The Evidential Support Theory of Conditionals
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Abstract

According to so-called epistemic theories of conditionals, the assertability/acceptability/acceptance of a conditional requires the existence of an epistemically significant relation between the conditional's antecedent and its consequent. This paper points to some linguistic data that our current best theories of the foregoing type appear unable to explain. Further, it presents a new theory of the same type that does not have that shortcoming. The theory is then defended against some seemingly obvious objections.

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