Chapter

Conditionals

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Conditionals

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This chapter argues that the branched model provides a clear and definite answer to the question of truth-conditions not only for counterfactuals, but also for all conditionals with contingent antecedent and consequence. It illustrates that some conditionals have truth-values, some have only probability values, and some have both. In order to separate the two classes of conditional this chapter first attempts to establish a pre-theoretic line between them, based on considerations of grammar and linguistic usage. Subsequently it explains how this intuitive, everyday distinction may be grounded in theory.

Keywords: truth-conditions; counterfactuals; conditionals; probability values; grammar; linguistic usage

Chapter.  12290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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