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
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
Ramsey and Adams
Other Conditional Speech Acts
List of Works Cited
Michael Woods 1934-1993: Obituary and Curriculum Vitae
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.4
Weight (kg): 0.36