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McGee's Counterexample to the Ramsey Test
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2017 (English)In: Theoria, ISSN 0040-5825, E-ISSN 1755-2567, Vol. 83, no 2, 154-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vann McGee has proposed a counterexample to the Ramsey Test. In the counterexample, a seemingly trustworthy source has testified that p and that if not-p, then q. If one subsequently learns not- p (and so learns that the source is wrong about p), then one has reason to doubt the trustworthiness of the source (perhaps even the identity of the source) and so, the argument goes, one has reason to doubt the conditional asserted by the source. Since what one learns is that the antecedent of the conditional holds, these doubts are contrary to the Ramsey Test. We argue that the counterexample fails. It rests on a principle of testimonial dependence that is not applicable when a source hedges his or her claims.

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WILEY , 2017. Vol. 83, no 2, 154-168 p.
Keyword [en]
Ramsey Test, conditionals, counterexample
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136338DOI: 10.1111/theo.12115ISI: 000402174600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136338DiVA: diva2:1111428
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2017-06-19Bibliographically approved

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