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    DescriptionPhilosophers and logicians have long debated how best to understand conditional or hypothetical sentences. William G. Lycan has a distinctive approach to this debate, attending not just to the semantics of such sentences, but equally to their syntax. He shows how insights from linguistic theory help to illuminate problems about the meaning and function of conditionals. For instance, philosophers and logicians have had problems analysing the locutions 'only if', 'unless', and 'even if'. Lycan sets out a general semantic theory of conditionals which works for all such sentences; he assigns meanings to them in a way that explains how and why those meanings depend upon features of utterance context. According to Lycan's theory the 'if'-clauses refer to items called 'events', 'circumstances', or 'conditions'. Real Conditionals gives at last the definitive presentation of this original approach to a topic at the intersection of philosophy, logic, and linguistics. Lycan's characteristically lively and witty expository style ensures that it can be enjoyed by readers from all three disciplines.


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    Title
    Real Conditionals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William G. Lycan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 236
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199285518
    ISBN 10: 0199285519
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HPL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BIC subject category V2: CFA
    Libri: I-LA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN006000
    Abridged Dewey: 428
    LC classification: P
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    DC22: 160
    BISAC V2.8: PHI011000
    DC22: 415
    B&T Approval Code: A22350000, A22180000
    Thema V1.0: QDTL, CF, CFA
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    Line drawings
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    09 February 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    William Lycan is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina.
    Review quote
    Review from previous edition There's a lot to like about this book, not least its witty, even charming, style. Lycan considers more examples, from more diverse sources, than most writers. The theory he presents is innovative and at least aims to be comprehensive. And of course there are some good arguments for it ... Real Conditionals is a great contribution to the literature, and if it causes more theorists to pay serious attention to Lycan's Event Theory, that would be an excellent consequence. The Philosophical Review
    Table of contents
    Preface, Acknowledgements ; 1. The Syntax of Conditional Sentences ; 2. Truth Conditions: The Event Theory ; 3. Truth Conditions: Reality and Modus Ponens ; 4. In Defense of Truth-Value ; 5. A Beautiful But False Theory of 'Even If' ; 6. An Unbeautiful But Less Easily Refuatable Theory of 'Even If' ; 7. The 'Indicative'/'Subjunctive' Distinction ; 8. The Riverboat Puzzle ; Appendix: 'Nonconditional Conditionals' (with Michael L. Geis) ; Revisionary Postscript on Nonconditional Conditionals ; Bibliography, Index