PP-2001-05: The Good, the Bad and the Far-fetched

PP-2001-05: Morreau, Michael (2001) The Good, the Bad and the Far-fetched. [Report]

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To judge the suitability of courses of action, the adequacy of explanations and the worthiness of acts we must sometimes evaluate hypothetical arguments. I shall consider the scheme A>B, B>C/A>C, transitivity (> is a counterfactual conditional connective). It is invalid in standard treatments. My main purpose is to explain why some instances are compelling anyway. They are, I argue, because their counterexamples are far-fetched. I shall also consider the prospects for a non-standard treatment, in which transitivity is valid and seeming counterexamples are to be explained away. They do not seem to be very good. Keyword(s): counterfactuals, inference

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2001-05
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2001
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/47

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