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Single Idea 10993

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / d. Non-truthfunction conditionals]

Full Idea

Ramsey's Test for conditionals is that a conditional should be believed if a belief in its antecedent would commit one to believing its consequent.

Gist of Idea

Ramsey's Test: believe the consequent if you believe the antecedent


report of Frank P. Ramsey (Law and Causality [1928]) by Stephen Read - Thinking About Logic Ch.3

Book Reference

Read,Stephen: 'Thinking About Logic' [OUP 1995], p.74

A Reaction

A rather pragmatic approach to conditionals