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Conditionals - Michael Woods

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780198751267
Number Of Pages: 162

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Conditionals has at its centre an extended essay on this problematic and much-debated subject in the philosophy of language and logic, which the widely respected Oxford philosopher Michael Woods had been preparing for publication at the time of his death in 1993. Woods discusses the distinction between different kinds of conditionals, and then goes on to cover a range of topics, including assertibility, conditional probability, possible-worlds theories, and conditional commands and questions. He ends up sketching a new theory of counterfactual conditionals. This essay is edited for publication by Wood's friend and colleague David Wiggins, and accompanied by a commentary specially written by a leading expert on the topic, Dorothy Edgington. The masterful and original treatment of conditionals presented in this book will demand the attention of all philosophers working in this area.

`This is a very interesting investigation of natural language conditionals. Woods displays both a remarkably sensitive insight into examples of usage and an excellent grasp of the relevant literature.' William Harper, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic `A clear and thought-provoking essay... this book should be of great value when used as course material for upper level undergraduate and graduate level seminars, as well as a valuable resource for those interested in this area.' Jon M. Cogburn, Mathematical Reviews Issue 99a `All in all a first-rate volume. Highly commended.' Scott Sturgeon, MIND 109, 433 January 2000

ForewordDavid Wiggins: CONDITIONALSMichael Woods: The Varieties of Conditional Theories of Simple Conditionals Ramsey's Test and Adam's Hypothesis Simple Conditionals and Truth-Values: Some Proposals Conditionals and Possible Worlds Compound Conditionals and Truth-Values A Theory of Simple Conditionals Sketch of a Theory of Counterfactual Conditionals COMMENTARYDorothy Edgington: Taxonomy Assertibility Ramsey and Adams Truth Values Possible Worlds Compounds Other Conditional Speech Acts Non-Simple Conditionals List of Works Cited Michael Woods 1934-1993: Obituary and Curriculum Vitae Index

ISBN: 9780198751267
ISBN-10: 0198751265
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36

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