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A Defence of the Ramsey Test

Richard Bradley
Mind
Vol. 116, No. 461 (Jan., 2007), pp. 1-21
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4121832
Page Count: 21
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A Defence of the Ramsey Test
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Abstract

According to the Ramsey Test hypothesis the conditional claim that if A then B is credible just in case it is credible that B, on the supposition that A. If true the hypothesis helps explain the way in which we evaluate and use ordinary language conditionals. But impossibility results for the Ramsey Test hypothesis in its various forms suggest that it is untenable. In this paper, I argue that these results do not in fact have this implication, on the grounds that similar results can be proved without recourse to the Ramsey test hypothesis. Instead they show that a number of well entrenched principles of rational belief and belief revision do not apply to conditionals.

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