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The Competition for ‘Closest’

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199258871
eISBN:
9780191597046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199258872.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Discussion of the idea that there is never a closest antecedent world, and the opposing ‘limit assumption’ that says that there are limits to how fine grained a respect of world comparison can be. ... More


Introducing Degrees

Martin Smith

in Between Probability and Certainty: What Justifies Belief

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755333
eISBN:
9780191816635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755333.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter develops a formal theory of degrees of safety and of normic support. The theory predicts that the degrees of normic support imposed upon propositions by a body of evidence will meet the ... More


Applications

Moritz Schulz

in Counterfactuals and Probability

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198785958
eISBN:
9780191831713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785958.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The chapter applies the theory developed in chapter 6 to four pertinent issues in the debate about counterfactuals: counterfactuals with a true antecedent, the duality thesis, conditional excluded ... More


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