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The Equation Attacked

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/10.1093/0199258872.003.0005
The Equation Attacked

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Presents and evaluates a series of attacks on The Equation, i.e. the view that an indicative conditional ‘If A, C’ is a proposition whose subjective probability for you is always your conditional probability for C given A. Work by Lewis, Carlstrom and Hill, Stalnaker, Edgington, and Hájek is considered. The attacks succeed, but only if indicative conditionals are propositions with truth values.

Keywords: Carlstrom; conditionals; conditional probability; Edgington; Hájek; Hill; indicative conditional; Lewis; Stalnaker; subjective probability

Chapter.  8159 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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