Chapter

The Equation

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258872.003.0004
The Equation

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The Ramsey test for indicative conditionals suggests that they are to be understood in terms of subjective probability. This concept is explained, and elements of probability logic expounded. Indicative conditionals are mostly zero intolerant, meaning that such a conditional is useless to someone who is really sure that its antecedent is false. The Equation is introduced: i.e. the thesis that your probability for ‘If A, C’ (indicative) is your conditional probability for C given A.

Keywords: conditionals; indicative conditionals; Ramsey test; subjective probability

Chapter.  7038 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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