modus ponens

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modus ponens

(ˈməʊdəs ˈpəʊˌnɛnz)
n
(Logic) logic the principle that whenever a conditional statement and its antecedent are given to be true its consequent may be validly inferred, as in if it's Tuesday this must be Belgium and it's Tuesday so this must be Belgium
[literally: mood that affirms]
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Is modus ponens valid for the indicative conditional?
On a Supposed Counterexample to Modus Ponens, BERNARD D.
Vann McGee has set out several arresting examples which purport to show that modus ponens fails when applied to a conditional whose consequent is itself a conditional ("A Counterexample to Modus Ponens," The Journal of Philosophy 82 [1985] pp.