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Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

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ISBN-10: 0199258872

ISBN-13: 9780199258871

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jonathan Francis Bennett, Jonathan Bennett

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Conditional sentences are among the most intriguing and puzzling features of language: analysis of their meaning and function has important implications for, and uses in, many areas of philosophy. Jonathan Bennett, one of the world's leading experts, distils many years' work and teaching into this Philosophical Guide to Conditionals, the fullest and most authoritative treatment of the subject. The literature on conditionals is difficult - needlessly so. Bennett'streatment is meticulously careful and luminously clear. He presents and evaluates in detail various approaches to the understanding of 'indicative' conditionals (like 'If Shakespeare didn't write Hamlet, some aristocrat did') and 'subjunctive' conditionals (like 'If rabbits had not been deliberately introduced intoNew Zealand, there would be none there today'); and he offers his own view, which will be recognized as a major original contribution to the subject.Journeying through this intellectual territory brings one into contact with the metaphysics of possible worlds, probability and belief-change, probability and logic, the pragmatics of conversation, determinism, ambiguity, vagueness, the law of excluded middle, facts versus events, and more. One might perhaps learn more philosophy from a thorough study of conditionals than from any other kind of work. Bennett's Guide is an ideal introduction for undergraduates with a philosophicalgrounding, and will also be a rich source of illumination and stimulation for graduate students and professional philosophers.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
The Material Conditional: Grice
The Material Conditional: Jackson
The Equation
The Equation Attacked
The Subjectivity of Indicative Conditionals
Indicative Conditionals Lack Truth Values
Uses of Indicative Conditionals
The Logic of Indicative Conditionals
Subjunctive Conditionals-first Steps
The Competition for 'Closest'
Unrolling from the Antecedent Time
Reflections on Legality
Truth at the Actual World
Subjunctive Conditionals and Probability
'Even If . . . '
Backward Subjunctive Conditionals
Subjunctive Conditionals and Time's Arrow
Support Theories
The Need for Worlds
Relating the Two Kinds of Conditional
Unifying the Two Kinds of Conditional
Index of Persons