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Skepticism and floating conclusions

John F. Horty

in Reasons as Defaults

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744077
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932566 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744077.003.0007
Skepticism and floating conclusions

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This chapter addresses the problem of characterizing skeptical reasoning in the face of multiple extensions, and in particular, the problems presented by the phenomenon of floating conclusions: situations in which the same conclusion is supported by different, and conflicting, defeasible arguments.

Keywords: skepticism; defeasible arguments; argument paths; floating conclusions

Chapter.  11387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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