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The Narrowness of Wide-Scope Principles

Organon F, 2016, vol. 23, No 2, pp. 177-203.
Language: English
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Abstract

In this paper I will propose that the unpalatable consequences of narrow-scope principles are not avoided by altering the scope of the principle but by changing the kind of conditional. I argue that a counterfactual conditional should do the trick and that the rational requirement of modus ponens can be understood as something like a “Ramsey test” on this conditional.

Keywords

Coherence, counterfactual conditionals, modus ponies, Ramsey test, rationality, wide and narrow scope conditionals

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