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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals$
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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199258872.001.0001

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The Subjectivity of Indicative Conditionals

The Subjectivity of Indicative Conditionals

(p.78) 6 The Subjectivity of Indicative Conditionals
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Discussion of reasons for approaching indicative conditionals in terms of subjective rather than objective probability. The reasons include stand‐offs of the sort Gibbard has presented: cases where two right‐thinking people with partial information accept conflicting conditionals. Discussion and rejection of the view that subjectivity comes in because in asserting an indicative conditional one says that one has such and such a probability for the consequent given the antecedent. What remains, and seems to be right, is the view that in asserting such a conditional one is expressing a conditional probability without asserting anything.

Keywords:   conditionals, Gibbard, indicative conditionals, objective probability, subjective probability

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