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Robert Williams
University of Leeds
Paolo Santorio
University of Maryland, College Park
Abstract
Suppose that you're certain that a certain sentence, e.g. "Frida is tall", lacks a determinate truth value. What cognitive attitude should you take towards it—reject it, suspend judgment, or what else? We show that, by adopting a seemingly plausible principle connecting credence in A and Determinately A, we can prove a very implausible answer to this question: i.e., all indeterminate claims should be assigned credence zero. The result is striking similar to so-called triviality results in the literature on modals and conditionals.
Keywords Indeterminacy  Triviality  Vagueness  Cognitive role  Conditionals  Modality
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