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The epistemology of indicative conditionals : formal and empirical approaches

Author: Igor Douven
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; [New York] : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Conditionals are sentences of the form 'If A, then B', and they play a central role in scientific, logical, and everyday reasoning. They have been in the philosophical limelight for centuries, and more recently, they have been receiving attention from psychologists, linguists, and computer scientists. In spite of this, many key questions concerning conditionals remain unanswered. While most of the work on
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Igor Douven
ISBN: 9781107111455 1107111455
OCLC Number: 912872372
Description: xii, 220 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Agenda --
2. Semantics --
3. Probability --
4. Acceptability --
5. Closure --
6. Updating --
7. Progress? --
Appendices.
Responsibility: Igor Douven, Sciences, normes, décision (CNRS), Paris-Sorbonne University.
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Addresses central questions concerning conditionals by combining the methods of formal epistemology with those of cognitive psychology.  Read more...

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