McGee's Counterexample to the Ramsey Test

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Abstract

Vann McGee has proposed a counterexample to the Ramsey Test. In the counterexample, a seemingly trustworthy source has testified that p and that if not-p, then q. If one subsequently learns not-p (and so learns that the source is wrong about p), then one has reason to doubt the trustworthiness of the source (perhaps even the identity of the source) and so, the argument goes, one has reason to doubt the conditional asserted by the source. Since what one learns is that the antecedent of the conditional holds, these doubts are contrary to the Ramsey Test. We argue that the counterexample fails. It rests on a principle of testimonial dependence that is not applicable when a source hedges his or her claims.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Umeå University
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Filosofi

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)154-168
Antal sidor15
TidskriftTheoria
Volym83
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2017
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa