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Why follow the royal rule?



This note is a sequel to Huber (Synthese 191:2167–2193, 2014). It is shown that obeying a normative principle relating counterfactual conditionals and conditional beliefs, viz. the royal rule, is a necessary and sufficient means to attaining a cognitive end that relates true beliefs in purely factual, non-modal propositions and true beliefs in purely modal propositions. Along the way I will sketch my idealism about alethic or metaphysical modality.


Counterfactuals Conditional belief Modal idealism Ranking functions Royal rule Tracking 


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