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A note on conditionals and restrictors

Rothschild, Daniel H; (2021) A note on conditionals and restrictors. In: Walters, L and Hawthorne, J, (eds.) Conditionals, probability, and paradox: themes from the philosophy of Dorothy Edgington. (pp. 19-39). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Within linguistic semantics, it is near orthodoxy that the function of the word ‘if’ (in most cases) is to mark restrictions on quantification. Despite its linguistic prominence, this view of the word ‘if’ has played little role in the philosophical discussion of conditionals. This paper tries to fill in this gap by systematically discussing the impact of the restrictor view on the competing philosophical views of conditionals. I argue that most philosophical views can and should be understood in a way that is compatible with the restrictor view, but that accepting the restrictor allows for new responses to some prominent arguments for non-truth-conditional account of conditionals.

Type: Book chapter
Title: A note on conditionals and restrictors
ISBN-13: 9780198712732
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470275
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