Real Conditionals William G. Lycan

ISBN: 9781280904615

Published: January 10th 2010

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223 pages


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Real Conditionals  by  William G. Lycan

Real Conditionals by William G. Lycan
January 10th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 223 pages | ISBN: 9781280904615 | 8.49 Mb

Philosophers and logicians have long debated how best to understand conditional or hypothetical sentences. William G. Lycan has a distinctive approach to this debate, attending not just to the semantics of such sentences, but equally to their syntax.MorePhilosophers and logicians have long debated how best to understand conditional or hypothetical sentences.

William G. Lycan has a distinctive approach to this debate, attending not just to the semantics of such sentences, but equally to their syntax. He shows how insights from linguistic theory help to illuminate problems about the meaning and function of conditionals. For instance, philosophers and logicians have had problems analysing the locutions only if, unless, and even if. Lycan sets out a general semantic theory of conditionals which works for all such sentences- he assigns meanings to them in a way that explains how and why those meanings depend upon features of utterance context.

According to Lycans theory the if-clauses refer to items called events, circumstances, or conditions. Real Conditionals gives at last the definitive presentation of this original approach to a topic at the intersection of philosophy, logic, and linguistics. Lycans characteristically lively and witty expository style ensures that it can be enjoyed by readers from all three disciplines.



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