Philosophia:1-13 (forthcoming)

Stephen Kershnar
Fredonia State University
James Delaney
Niagara University
In this paper, we argue that in a possible world there is a determinate ranking of teams. Our argument rests on the premise: In theory, nothing prevents a determinate better than ranking. This premise in turn rests on assumptions with regard to stipulations regarding ‘better than’ and nature of a competition as well as a right answer theory of interpretation. We then speculate that in some actual leagues in some years, there were determinate rankings. We consider objections that focus on ties, noise, intransitivity, meaning of ‘better than’, and league recognition of the best team. We finish by noting that the issues involved in sport also apply to ranking candidates to occupy roles in our lives.
Keywords Ranking  Best  Champion  Playoffs  Transitivity  Winning
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-021-00408-5
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