Journal of Philosophical Logic

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 251–258 | Cite as

The Best Question

  • Achille C. Varzi


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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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Achille C. Varzi
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyColumbia UniversityNew YorkU.S.A

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