Deliberationally useless conditionals

Episteme:1-27 (forthcoming)

Karolina Krzyżanowska
University of Amsterdam
Decision theorists tend to treat indicative conditionals with reservation, because they can easily lead a deliberating agent astray. However, many indicatives can be very helpful in contexts of deliberation, so denying them all a role in such contexts seems to be overkill. We show that a recently revived inferential view on conditionals provides a straightforward explanation of why some indicatives are unassertable in contexts of deliberation and hints at a way of telling "deliberationally useless" and "deliberationally useful" conditionals apart.
Keywords indicative conditionals  deliberation  conditionals of deliberation
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DOI 10.1017/epi.2018.9
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