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The Review Paradox: On The Diachronic Costs of Not Closing Rational Belief Under Conjunction


  • Hannes Leitgeb

    1. LMU Munich
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    • We are very grateful to David Makinson, David Etlin, and an anonymous referee for invaluable comments and suggestions. This work has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


We argue that giving up on the closure of rational belief under conjunction comes with a substantial price. Either rational belief is closed under conjunction, or else the epistemology of belief has a serious diachronic deficit over and above the synchronic failures of conjunctive closure. The argument for this, which can be viewed as a sequel to the preface paradox, is called the ‘review paradox'; it is presented in four distinct, but closely related versions.