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Hypothetical Reasoning and Conditionals

  • Brian Ellis
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Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 15)

Abstract

Rescher’s book Hypothetical Reasoning. influenced my thinking about conditionals. I thought it likely that our belief systems had structures something like those described by Rescher in his book, and that the acceptability of conditionals depended somehow on these structures. Moreover, I liked his approach to the theory of conditionals. Instead of trying to specify truth. conditions for them, he was content to state rational acceptability. conditions. Few people have appreciated the importance of his theory of rational belief systems, or the potentiality of his new approach to conditionals.

Keywords

Belief System Formal Language Truth Theory Acceptability Condition Conditional Logic 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Ellis
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundoora, MelbourneAustralia

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