David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 176 (2):291 - 309 (2010)
In contemporary discussions of the Ramsey Test for conditionals, it is commonly held that (i) supposing the antecedent of a conditional is adopting a potential state of full belief, and (ii) Modus Ponens is a valid rule of inference. I argue on the basis of Thomason Conditionals (such as ' If Sally is deceiving, I do not believe it') and Moore's Paradox that both claims are wrong. I then develop a double-indexed Update Semantics for conditionals which takes these two results into account while doing justice to the key intuitions underlying the Ramsey Test. The semantics is extended to cover some further phenomena, including the recent observation that epistemic modal operators give rise to something very like, but also very unlike, Moore's Paradox
|Keywords||Ramsey Test Suppositional reasoning Modus Ponens Update Semantics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Jonathan Bennett (2003). A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals. Oxford University Press.
David J. Chalmers & Alan Hájek (2007). Ramsey + Moore = God. Analysis 67 (294):170–172.
Dorothy Edgington (1995). On Conditionals. Mind 104 (414):235-329.
André Fuhrmann (1989). Reflective Modalities and Theory Change. Synthese 81 (1):115 - 134.
Peter Gärdenfors (1986). Belief Revisions and the Ramsey Test for Conditionals. Philosophical Review 95 (1):81-93.
Citations of this work BETA
Malte Willer (2011). Realizing What Might Be. Philosophical Studies 153 (3):365 - 375.
Similar books and articles
Gerald J. Erion (2001). The Cartesian Test for Automatism. Minds and Machines 11 (1):29-39.
Richard Bradley (2007). A Defence of the Ramsey Test. Mind 116 (461):1-21.
André Fuhrmann & Isaac Levi (1994). Undercutting and the Ramsey Test for Conditionals. Synthese 101 (2):157 - 169.
B. H. Slater (2004). Ramsey's Tests. Synthese 141 (3):431 - 444.
Sten Lindström & Wlodzimierz Rabinowicz (1992). Belief Revision, Epistemic Conditionals and the Ramsey Test. Synthese 91 (3):195 - 237.
Neil Tennant (2008). Belief-Revision, the Ramsey Test, Monotonicity, and the so-Called Impossibility Results. Review of Symbolic Logic 1 (4):402-423.
John N. Williams (2012). Moore-Paradoxical Belief, Conscious Belief and the Epistemic Ramsey Test. Synthese 188 (2):231-246.
Sarah-Jane Leslie (2008). 'If', 'Unless', and Quantification. In R. Stainton & C. Viger (eds.), Compositionality, Context, and Semantic Values.
Joseph Y. Halpern & Yoram Moses (1986). Taken by Surprise: The Paradox of the Surprise Test Revisited. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophical Logic 15 (3):281 - 304.
Frank Döring (1997). The Ramsey Test and Conditional Semantics. Journal of Philosophical Logic 26 (4):359-376.
Added to index2009-03-16
Total downloads27 ( #62,021 of 1,096,840 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #73,973 of 1,096,840 )
How can I increase my downloads?