The Hypothetical Syllogism

  title={The Hypothetical Syllogism},
  author={Michael Morreau},
  journal={Journal of Philosophical Logic},
  • M. Morreau
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Philosophical Logic
The hypothetical syllogism is invalid in standard interpretations of conditional sentences. Many arguments of this sort are quite compelling, though, and you can wonder what makes them so. I shall argue that it is our parsimony in regard to connections among events and states of affairs. All manner of things just might, for all we know, be bound up with one another in all sorts of ways. But ordinarily it is better, being simpler, to assume they are unconnected. In so doing, we jump to the… 

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