Conditionals: Truth, safety, and success
Mind & Language
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Mellor, H., & Bradley, R. (2022). Conditionals: Truth, safety, and success. Mind & Language, 37 (2), 194-207. https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12322
Whether I take some action that aims at desired consequence C depends on whether or not I take it to be true that if I so act, I will bring C about and that if I do not, I will fail to. And the action will succeed if and only if my beliefs are true. We argue that two theses follow: (I) To believe a conditional is to be disposed to infer its consequent from the truth of its antecedent, and (II) The conditional is true iff the inference would not make a true belief in the antecedent cause a false belief in the consequent.
SUBMITTED ARTICLE, SUBMITTED ARTICLES, conditionals, inferential dispositions, suppositions, actions, truth values
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12322
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