2nd Edition

If P, Then Q Conditionals and the Foundations of Reasoning

By David Sanford Copyright 2003
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    This new edition includes three new chapters, updating the book to take into account developments in the field over the past fifteen years.

    Introduction Conditionals in Everyday Life and in Philosophy; I: The History of Philosophical Treatments of Conditionals; I: Ancient History; II: Medieval and Post-medieval History; III: Rediscovery of the Material Conditional; IV: Rediscovery of the Strict Conditional; V: Subjunctive Conditionals and Covering Laws; VI: Belief and Probability; VII: Possible Worlds; II: A New Treatment of Conditionals; VIII: Inference, Entailment, and the Purposes of Theories; IX: Problems with the Ramsey Test, Possible Worlds, and Probability; X: Various Visions of Possible Worlds; XI: Laws and Conditions; XII: Counterfactual Dependence and Backtracking; XIII: Patterns of Dependence; XIV: Objective Dependence; XV: A Problem with Validity


    David Sanford is Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

    'Undergraduates will find the book useful as a resource. It covers a lot of ground mentioning most of the issues and positions that need to be addressed in a course on conditionals over the years. This is a good place to learn about conditionals or to have one's ideas about them challenged.' - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic

    'A useful starting point for a course on conditionals. The introductions to the issues are clear and well-illustrated with examples.' - Dialogue