Title: Defeat Reconsidered
Authors: Chandler, Jacob # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Basil Blackwell
Series Title: Analysis vol:73 issue:1 pages:49-51
Abstract: It appears to have gone unnoticed in the literature that Pollock’s widely endorsed analysis of evidential defeat entails a remarkably strong symmetry principle, according
to which, for any three propositions D, E and H, if both E
and D provide a reason to believe H, then D is a defeater for E’s support for H if and only if, in turn, E is a defeater for D’s support for H. After illustrating the counterintuitiveness of this constraint, a simple, more suitable, alternative to the Pollockian account is offered.
ISSN: 0003-2638
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy
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