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Conditionals

Conditionals

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By (author) Michael Woods, Volume editor David Wiggins, Revised by Dorothy Edgington

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 164 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 13 March 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198751273
  • ISBN 13: 9780198751274
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 4 figures

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Conditionals has at its centre an extended essay on this problematic and much-debated subject in the philosophy of language and logic, which the widely respected Oxford philosopher Michael Woods had been preparing for publication at the time of his death in 1993. Woods discusses the distinctions between different kinds of conditionals, and then goes on to cover a range of topics, including assertibility, conditional probability, possible-worlds theories, and conditional demands and questions. He ends by sketching a new theory of counterfactual conditionals. This essay is edited for publication by Woods's friend and colleague David Wiggins, and accompanied by a commentary specially written by a leading expert on the topic, Dorothy Edgington. The masterful and original treatment of conditionals presented in this book will demand the attention of all philosophers working in the area.

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Review from previous edition This is a very interesting investigation of natural language conditionals. Woods displays both a remarkably sensitive insight into examples of usage and an excellent grasp of the relevant literature. William Harper, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic A clear and thought-provoking essay... this book should be of great value when used as course material for upper level undergraduate and graduate level seminars, as well as a valuable resource for those interested in this area. Jon M. Cogburn, Mathematical Reviews All in all a first-rate volume. Highly commended. Scott Sturgeon, MIND

Table of contents

FOREWORD ; CONDITIONALS ; The Varieties of Conditional ; Theories of Simple Conditionals ; Ramsey's Test and Adam's Hypothesis ; Simple Conditionals and Truth-Values: Some Proposals ; Conditionals and Possible Worlds ; Compound Conditionals and Truth-Values ; A Theory of Simple Conditionals ; Sketch of a Theory of Counterfactual Conditionals ; COMMENTARY ; Taxonomy ; Assertibility ; Ramsey and Adams ; Truth Values ; Possible Worlds ; Compounds ; Other Conditional Speech Acts ; Non-Simple Conditionals ; List of Works Cited ; Michael Woods 1934-1993: Obituary and Curriculum Vitae ; Index