Journal Article

Preservation and Postulation: Lessons from the New Debate on the Ramsey Test

Hans Rott

in Mind

Volume 126, issue 502, pages 609-626
Published in print April 2017 | ISSN: 0026-4423
Published online March 2017 | e-ISSN: 1460-2113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzw028
Preservation and Postulation: Lessons from the New Debate on the Ramsey Test

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Richard Bradley has initiated a new debate, with Brian Hill and Jake Chandler as further participants, about the implications of a number of so-called triviality results surrounding the Ramsey test for conditionals. I comment on this debate and argue that ‘Inclusion’ and ‘Preservation’, which were originally introduced as postulates for the rational revision of factual beliefs, have little to recommend them in the first place when extended to languages containing conditionals. I question the philosophical method of postulation that was applied in the new debate, and instead base my arguments on explicit representations of belief states and canonical constructions of belief state revisions.

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Subjects: Epistemology ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind

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