Synthese 194 (8):2917-2930 (2017)

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Stephan Kraemer
Universität Hamburg
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On one important notion of irrelevance, evidence that is irrelevant in an inquiry may rationally be discarded, and attempts to obtain evidence amount to a waste of resources if they are directed at irrelevant evidence. The familiar Bayesian criterion of irrelevance, whatever its merits, is not adequate with respect to this notion. I show that a modification of the criterion due to Ken Gemes, though a significant improvement, still has highly implausible consequences. To make progress, I argue, we need to adopt a hyperintensional conception of content. I go on to formulate a better, hyperintensional criterion of irrelevance, drawing heavily on the framework of the truthmaker conception of propositions as recently developed by Kit Fine
Keywords Relevance  Hyperintensionality  Partial content  Truthmaker semantics
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-016-1078-0
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Guide to Ground.Kit Fine - 2012 - In Fabrice Correia & Benjamin Schnieder (eds.), Metaphysical Grounding. Cambridge University Press. pp. 37--80.
Aboutness.Stephen Yablo - 2014 - Princeton University Press.
The Pure Logic of Ground.Kit Fine - 2012 - Review of Symbolic Logic 5 (1):1-25.
Angellic Content.Kit Fine - 2016 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 (2):199-226.
A Note on Partial Content.Kit Fine - 2013 - Analysis 73 (3):413-419.

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