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Jonathan Evans and David Over


‘IF’ is one of the most important and interesting words in the English language, being used to express hypothetical thought. The use of conditionals such as ‘if’ also distinguishes human intelligence from that of all other animals. This book presents a new theoretical approach to understanding hypothetical thought. It draws on studies from the psychology of judgement and decision making, as well as philosophical logic.

Keywords: hypothetical thought, human intelligence, theoretical approach, psychology of judgement, decision making, philosophical logic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Evans, author
Centre for Thinking and Language, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK

David Over, author
Division of Psychology, University of Sunderland, UK