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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett


Conditionals are of two basic kinds, often called ‘indicative’ and ‘subjunctive’. This book expounds and evaluates the main literature about each kind. It eventually defends the view of Adams and Edgington that indicatives are devices for expressing subjective probabilities, and the view of Stalnaker and Lewis that subjunctives are statements about close possible worlds. But it also discusses other views, e.g. that indicatives are really material conditionals, and Goodman's approach to subjunctives.

Keywords: Adams, conditionals, Edgington, Goodman, indicative conditionals, Lewis, material conditionals, metaphysics, philosophy of language, possible worlds, probability, Stalnaker, subjunctive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199258872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Bennett, author
formerly Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University