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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals$
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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199258872.001.0001

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The Material Conditional: Grice

The Material Conditional: Grice

(p.20) 2 The Material Conditional: Grice
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

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

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