Ockham Society (Friday - Week 8, HT19)

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'Armchair Modality'



'Abominable Junk'

Abominable conditionals are indicative conditionals of the form “If I don't know p, p”. Asserting abominable conditionals sounds bad. Dorst (forthcoming) presents a puzzle about abominable conditionals. The paper presents an analogous puzzle about junk conditionals, roughly conditionals one should stop believing if one learned their antecedent is true. Dorst's solution to the former puzzle based on the KK-principle is criticised on the grounds that it does not solve the analogous latter puzzle. Further, it is argued that abominable conditionals are junk conditionals, and counterexamples to Sorensen's (1998) explanation why junk conditionals are unassertable are given.

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