The Material Conditional: Grice

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597046 | DOI:
The Material Conditional: Grice

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Discussion of Grice's view that indicative conditionals are material conditionals, and his attempt to explain away apparent counter‐evidence by appeal to his excellent theory of conversational implicature. Discusses failure of this attempt: indicatives obey the so‐called ‘Ramsey test’, and Grice's theory cannot explain this.

Keywords: conditionals; conversational implicature; Grice; indicative conditionals; material conditionals; Ramsey

Chapter.  6255 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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