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Conditionals: truth, safety, and success

Mellor, Hugh and Bradley, Richard ORCID: 0000-0003-2184-7844 (2020) Conditionals: truth, safety, and success. Mind & Language. ISSN 0268-1064

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Whether I take some action that aims at desired consequence C depends on whether or not I take it to be true that if I so act, I will bring C about and that if I do not, I will fail to. And the action will succeed if and only if my beliefs are true. We argue that two theses follow: (I) To believe a conditional is to be disposed to infer its consequent from the truth of its antecedent, and (II) The conditional is true iff the inference would not make a true belief in the antecedent cause a false belief in the consequent.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2020 09:39
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 15:45

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