Probabilities of Conditionals and Conditional Probabilities

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI:
                      Probabilities of Conditionals and Conditional Probabilities

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In this paper, the view that probabilities of conditionals are conditional probabilities is rejected on the grounds that there is no satisfactory way of interpreting a conditional connective such that the probabilities of conditionals will equal appropriate conditional probabilities. The paper contains a postscript where the theory of indicative conditionals proposed is rejected, and an alternative theory developed by Jackson is endorsed instead.

Keywords: assertability; conditionals; indicative conditionals; Frank Jackson; probability; Stalnaker

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Subjects: Philosophy

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