The Best Question
- Achille C. Varzi
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Suppose we get a chance to ask an angel a question of our choice. What should we ask to make the most of our unique opportunity? Ned Markosian has shown that the task is trickier than it might seem. Ted Sider has suggested playing safe and asking: What is the true proposition (or one of the true propositions) that would be most beneficial for us to be told? Let's see whether we can do any better than that.
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- The Best Question
Journal of Philosophical Logic
Volume 30, Issue 3 , pp 251-258
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- erotetic logic
- conversational norms
- Achille C. Varzi (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, NY, 10027, U.S.A