, Volume 184, Issue 1, pp 109-114

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Quantum probabilities and the conjunction principle

  • Igor DouvenAffiliated withInstitute of Philosophy, University of Leuven Email author 
  • , Jos UffinkAffiliated withInstitute for History and Foundations of Science, Utrecht University

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A recent argument by Hawthorne and Lasonen-Aarnio purports to show that we can uphold the principle that competently forming conjunctions is a knowledge-preserving operation only at the cost of a rampant skepticism about the future. A key premise of their argument is that, in light of quantum-mechanical considerations, future contingents never quite have chance 1 of being true. We argue, by drawing attention to the order of magnitude of the relevant quantum probabilities, that the skeptical threat of Hawthorne and Lasonen-Aarnio’s argument is illusory.


Quantum probabilities Conjunction principle Skepticism