Synthese

, Volume 194, Issue 5, pp 1565–1590

Why follow the royal rule?

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-1004-x

Cite this article as:
Huber, F. Synthese (2017) 194: 1565. doi:10.1007/s11229-015-1004-x
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Counterfactuals Conditional belief Modal idealism Ranking functions Royal rule Tracking 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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